Cops: Downtown burglar arrested after attempting to help investigators

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Pawleys Island man is behind bars after authorities say he contacted investigators and attempted to help solve a downtown burglary that he committed.

The Charleston Police Department charged John Henry Newkirk with second-degree burglary.

On Wednesday afternoon, officers were investigating a burglary at an apartment on East Bay Street where two flat screen TVs and several liquor bottles were stolen. Authorities then found the flat screen TVs along with other merchandise in two trash cans at Washington and Inspection streets.

According to a police report, while technicians were processing the scene, Newkirk who was standing across the street, called out to a police sergeant.

Newkirk told the police that on Monday night, he saw a male subject remove items from the apartment and carry them away to the bushes. Police say Newkirk's story kept changing and that he gave "conflicting accounts of the incident."

Newkirk also told police that he sometimes slept in the bushes.

Police say they found a bag, which Newkirk claimed to be his, in one of the trashcans at the crime scene. According to an incident report, inside the bag were the stolen items from the apartment. Investigators say they also found other stolen items in the two trashcans which included two digital cameras, a laptop and 30 DVDs.

The victim said a Bluray DVD player found at the scene on the back of a purple bicycle belonged to her as well. Authorities also found two other bikes.

Newkirk was locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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