NCPD: Jewelry thief may be responsible for several burglaries

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators are on the lookout for a man who may be responsible for several burglaries in the Lowcountry.

Officials with the North Charleston Police Department say a man who broke into a jewelry store earlier this week may be responsible for two other burglaries in North Charleston as well other similar incidents in other areas.

On Monday at 1:37 a.m., a police officer responded to Polly's Fine Jewelry on 8150 Rivers Ave. in reference to a glass break alarm.  When the officer arrived, he found one of the store's windows had been shattered.

Video surveillance showed that the suspect broke the window using an unknown object, entered the store and went straight for an unknown box. The suspect then grabbed the box and took off. At the time, the business owner said he did not know what was in the box, but would be contacting police when inventory of the store was complete.

Surveillance video showed the suspect to be a white male wearing a camouflage long sleeve shirt, gray pants, brown hat with white writing, black shoes and something black covering the lower half of his face.

Last month, police responded to the same store for an alarm when someone broke into the business and stole multiple items.

On Aug. 30 at 3:43 a.m., officers responded to the store and found a window at the end of the building had been broken, possibly using a large rock. The officers also found several white foam pieces which are commonly used to hold rings in a display case. The pieces were located below the building's window seal in the grass along with a small brown envelope.

Inside of the store, officers discovered that someone had broken into a display case and taken multiple items.

Surveillance video showed the suspect entering the store through a window at 3:39 a.m. and leaving at 3:41 a.m. He was seen wearing a white cloth over his face, carrying what appeared to be a black fanny pack around his waist, dark clothing and gloves.

Investigators believe the suspect may also be responsible for a burglary at a jewelry store at Tanger Outlets.  At 6:05 a.m. on Aug. 11, police responded to Zales Jewelry on 4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd in reference to a burglary where a security guard chased the suspect.

The security guard said it all started when he saw broken glass on the ground near the jewelry store. When he went to investigate, he saw the suspect jump out of a broken window carrying a plastic trash can with several items from the store.

As the security guard began chasing the suspect, the suspect tripped and fell causing him to spill the stolen items. The suspect then jumped up, grabbed the trash can and continued to run, and was last seen running down a sidewalk towards International Boulevard.

Surveillance footage showed the break-in happened at 5:56 a.m. The suspect was seen breaking into four glass cases, taking earrings, watches and rings. Police say most of the items were recovered when the suspect fell during the pursuit.

The suspect was described as a white male, 20 to 35-years-old, between 5'5" and 5'8" and 150 pounds. He was wearing a light gray hoodie with the letters "USC" and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 554-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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