Christmas gift leads to more charges for suspected downtown thief

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston investigators say a man's Christmas gift has led to more charges for a suspected downtown thief.

The Charleston Police Department charged 33-year-old Lamont Lee Greene on Wednesday with grand larceny. According to authorities, Greene has been in jail since Feb. 10 in connection to a rash of break-ins in downtown Charleston.

Greene's recent charge stem from a Dec. 17 incident where police say he stole a package, which contained five watches and a necklace worth a total of $3,000, from the front porch of a home on Church Street.

On March 5, the 59-year-old victim was talking to a neighbor about recent car break-ins in the area when the neighbor said the person responsible for the thefts was Greene, a former employee of his.

During the conversation, it was also revealed that Greene had given the neighbor two Swiss watches as Christmas gifts. According to police, Greene said that he had purchased the watches at a flea market.

The victim was able to positively identify the two watches that were given to the neighbor as the ones that were stolen. In addition, authorities say video footage shows the suspect stealing the UPS package from the front porch of the victim's house.

CPD says Greene is also being charged for property crimes that happened on East Bay Street, Church Street, State Street and Atlantic Street. According to investigators, the incidents happened between Dec. 2013 and Feb. 2014.

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