Teen charged again for burglarizing James Island golf course

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JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department says a 17-year-old who was charged for burglarizing a building at a golf course on James Island has been charged again for burglarizing the same business.

Investigators charged Murphy Lopes of James Island with second-degree burglary.

On Aug. 22, officers responded to the Charleston City Golf Course on 2110 Maybank Highway around 3 a.m. in reference to an alarm. When officers got there, they found a garage door to a maintenance area partially open.

Investigators also found that a door leading into another storage room appeared to have been forced open. A search was done that morning, but no one was found inside of the business.

On Tuesday, officers served Lopes with a warrant. Lopes was then locked up at the Al Cannon Detention Center. Lopes had been arrested before for an Aug. 30 burglary at the same business.

"I was arrested recently because after that charge they found proof that I in fact broken in earlier," Lopes told a judge in bond court on Wednesday. "I have not broken in since I was last in front of you."

In the Aug. 30 burglary, when investigators arrived at the scene, they found that the ventilation vent on the front roof top of the business had been broken out. Also found was clothing, a pill bottle and a bicycle.

Once inside the business, the officers say they heard the suspect in the crawl space above the lobby. Police say they realized that the suspect was trying to leave the business through the air ventilation vent towards the rear of the business.

A police report states that an officer detained the suspect as he tried to crawl off of the roof top in the rear of the business.

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