CPD: Searching for suspect wanted for burglarizing restaurants

CPD: Searching for suspect wanted for burglarizing restaurants
Source: CPD
Source: CPD
Source: CPD
Source: CPD

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police are searching for a burglar with a hunger for stealing from restaurants.

Police say in the last few months,the same suspect has targeted restaurants in West Ashley, on James Island and in downtown Charleston.

The latest break in happened early Wednesday morning at the Green Goat on Savannah Highway.

Surveillance video shows the suspect break the glass front door to get inside.

"It's an invasion of privacy for sure, disappointing, especially as a small business owner you put your time in. A little bit gone, can make a big difference," Green Goat owner Kelly Huff said.

The video shows the thief trying to open a cash register.

Finally he grabs two cash boxes before leaving out the back door.

"Between the breaking of the glass and having to replace that, and the little bit of money that he did get, it's more of an insult more than anything else," Huff said.

Police believe the suspect also broke into the Screen Door and Bohemian Bull on Folly Road.

Bohemian Bull has been broken into twice.

Charleston Police recently released a flyer that has more surveillance photos of the suspect.

In one of the photos he has a star tattoo on his right forearm.

Now that she's been a victim, Huff says she's more suspicious of people.

"Going back looking at the video and wondering if this person who came in to just look at a menu, was coming in to case the joint you know sort of thing."

Huff says she and the other restaurant owners are determined to put the burglar behind bars.

"The food and beverage community is a very tight knit community and I'm hoping with everybody's input that we will be able to figure out who he is."

Anyone with information should call Charleston Police or Crime Stoppers.

Charleston police released the following information on the incidents:

The City has experienced a rash of restaurant burglaries during the month of August in Teams One, Three and Four. The majority of the burglaries were captured on video surveillance from the businesses. Video captures a male suspect with his face, neck and hands covered by clothing. The primary suspect has distinctive dark star tattoos on his right forearm. The suspect forcibly enters the business, taking an undisclosed amount of money, then flees the area by unknown means of travel.

Below is a list of burglaries beginning on Aug. 2 up to the present:

1531 Folly Rd. (Bohemian Bull) - First burglary happened on Aug. 2 at 2:09 a.m. Second happened on Aug. 6 between 3 a.m. and 3:07 a.m.

1271 Folly Rd (Screen Door) - Happened on Aug. 10 at 3:30 a.m.

710 King St (Little Jacks Tavern) - Happened on Aug. 11 at 3:56 a.m.

1124 Sam Rittenberg (Charleston Sports Pub) Happened on Aug. 21 at 4:57 a.m.

1300 Savannah Hwy (The Green Goat) - Happened on Aug. 24 at 12:34 a.m.

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