CPD: Man cancels plan to rob downtown business after informed of cameras

CPD: Man cancels plan to rob downtown business after informed of cameras

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a man who was in the process of robbing a downtown Charleston business canceled his plans after he was informed of cameras in the room.

The Charleston Police Department arrested 36-year-old Jonathan Calo on Tuesday after police say he attempted to rob the House of Jerky at 168A Church Street. He was taken into custody at 4 p.m. near State and Cumberland streets.

According to police, Calo entered the business at 1 p.m. armed with a knife and demanded money from the clerk.

"The clerk told him there were cameras monitoring activity inside of the business," CPD officials said."The suspect then ran out of the business without getting any money."

CPD officials say an officer saw a man matching the suspect's description near State Street and Cumberland Street.

He was detained and identified as the suspect through the investigation and surveillance video from the business, according to police.

Calo is charged with attempted armed robbery and possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime.

He was being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing.

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