Cops: Serial cigarette burglar caught in N. Charleston

Albert Thompson (Source: CCDC)
Albert Thompson (Source: CCDC)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say they have arrested a man responsible for a rash of cigarette burglaries at North Charleston convenience stores.

A North Charleston Police Department investigator said 48-year-old Albert Thompson was arrested Sunday night at Tanger Outlet after a patrolling officer recognized him. Police said Thompson gave the officer a fake name.

The investigator said Thompson has been sought for at least eight burglaries at stores located: in the 8700 and 3200 blocks of Rivers Avenue, the 7500 and 3500 blocks of Dorchester Road, the 3100 block of Ashley Phosphate, and on Remount Road.

Each burglary occurred between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on various days of the week.

In the most of the burglaries, police say Thompson broke a pane out of the front door to enter the business. Once inside, Thompson would fill up several trash bags with cigarettes before fleeing.

Thompson is charged with property crime enhancement and giving false information to police.

He is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.

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