Police: Man arrested for burglary before it was reported

Police: Man arrested for burglary before it was reported

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police say one of the burglaries an Edisto Island man wound up being charged with hadn't yet been reported to them when the suspect was taken into custody.

Maurice J. Watson, 35, is charged with four counts of first-degree burglary, four counts of property crime enhancement and one count of second-degree possession of marijuana, according to police spokesman Charles Francis.

Police say one of those burglaries happened about 15 minutes before Watson was taken into custody, and that it had not been reported to police at the time of Watson's arrest.

Watson was approached by an officer at about 8:45 a.m. Monday at President Street and the Crosstown Connector, police say. As other officers arrived on the scene, Watson agreed to speak with them, according to Francis. When asked if he had any narcotics in his possession, Watson reached into his pants pocket and produced a Ziploc bag containing a gram of marijuana, the report states.

Watson was carrying a book bag containing a laptop, PlayStation, baseball cap and speaker, police say, and told them he had just taken the items, including the book bag, from a St. Philip Street apartment. Police returned the items to the victims.

Police say they have charged Watson with an April 7 burglary to a St. Phillip Street apartment, an April 15 burglary to a Cannon Street apartment and an April 25 burglary to another St. Phillip Street apartment. Laptops, purses, wallets and an iPad were taken from those apartments, according to crime reports.

Watson was being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing.

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