Teen arrested after allegedly stealing laptop, running from cops

Kenneth Alexander Capers (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Kenneth Alexander Capers (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 19-year-old North Charleston man is behind bars Tuesday after police say he was involved in a burglary and then ran from several officers.

North Charleston police charged 19-year-old Kenneth Alexander Capers with second degree burglary. The incident began when North Charleston police officers were called out to Bassey Court around 9 a.m. Monday after reports of a possible residential burglary in progress.

A witness told police that a black male wearing a red shirt and dark pants forced his way into a nearby residence. While one of the responding officers exited his police car, he noticed a young man running on foot along the fence line between Bassey Circle and the wooded area.

The officer began chasing the suspect when he went into the woods through an opening in the fence. The officer chased the man until he entered the front yard of a nearby home and then lost sight of him. Another witness told the officer that she saw her neighbor, Kenneth Capers, enter his Malden Drive home just seconds before the officer appeared from the woods.

Police set up a perimeter around the suspect's home and while outside the house, noticed an open door to a detached garage in the back yard. Inside, officers saw a gray HP laptop in plain view, various drinking glasses filled with loose change and rings strewn on a chair. The laptop was reported stolen a day earlier.

After about 10 minutes, the suspect's brother answered the door. Officers then detained Capers and his brother for questioning. Inside the home, officers found a red jacket with an N.C. State Wolfpack logo on it, and dark blue jeans in the room above the garage. The clothes were still wet from the rain and matched the description given by the first witness.

Capers was charged with second degree burglary and transported to the Charleston County Detention Center. The brother was released after police determined that he was not involved in the incident.

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