Man arrested for taking electrical wiring from kitchen stove

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say they arrested a 50-year-old man for stealing electrical wiring from a home in North Charleston Wednesday afternoon.

The North Charleston Police Department charged Kenneth Jerome Dingle with second-degree breaking and entering of a residence.

According to police, it all started when an officer parked at the corner of Charlene and Veneer Street saw Dingle walking through a vacant lot with a bag of wiring and two copper water pipelines.

Due to the recent burglaries within the Dorchester Waylyn community, the officer said he made contact with Dingle to conduct a field interview.

Dingle told the officer that he was going to the scrap yard to see if he could get some money. When the officer asked Dingle where he got the wiring from, Dingle said that he got them from a trash pile in front of a vacant house. Police say Dingle did not know the address of the house and when asked to describe the house, Dingle changed his story.

A police report states that Dingle then said that his friend gave him permission to get the wiring and pipes out of a vacant home.

Authorities say Dingle was unable to provide officers with the friend's name or number. Police say Dingle eventually told them that the door of the vacant residence was open so he went inside and got the wiring from the kitchen stove.

Dingle was locked up at the Al Cannon Detention Center.