WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police say they arrested two men who broke into cars last weekend after drinking alcohol, all while they were supposed to be babysitting a 3-month-old and a 5-year-old child.
Joseph Townes, 20, and Tyler Green, 21, were arrested early Sunday and charged with two counts of breaking into a motor vehicle. The two were later charged with unlawful conduct towards a child.
According to an incident report, police were called out to a home on Muirfield Parkway and another on Jerome Court in the Shadowmoss subdivision just after midnight on August 11 in response to two car break-ins.
The report states police detained Townes and Green, who told officers they were babysitting two children at a home in Shadowmoss that night while the kids' mother and grandmother went out "clubbing".
Police say Townes admitted the two were drinking alcohol while they were supposed to be watching the children. Additionally, Townes says he took two Xanax pills.
Townes told police the two became "cocky" and decided to go "car hopping".
Green told officers the 5-year-old was awake and was supposed to listen for the baby to wake up while they went out and broke into cars, the report states.
Police say a witness was able to identify Townes as the man who tried to break into his vehicle. Another witness was able to identify Green.
Officers say items that were reported stolen from the vehicles were found inside a backpack at Townes' home.
Both suspects are being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.