CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a wedding dress was among items that were taken in one of several burglaries in the Charleston area as the state felt the effects of Hurricane Matthew.
The Charleston Police Department sent a report at 8 a.m. on Saturday stating that there were five reported burglaries within the past 24 hours in the City of Charleston.
According to investigators, there was one burglary in downtown Charleston, two on James Island, and two in West Ashley.
"Investigators are trying to determine the exact facts for these burglaries and if they are related since they are not isolated to one area of the city," CPD officials said.
According to police, there have been messages posted on social media about numerous incidents of looting occurring throughout the city.
"These five reported events over the past 24 hours are under investigation and the exact relationship to storm activities is unknown at this time," police say."Investigators are working to establish any connection between these incidents."
CPD officials said the department is conducting proactive patrols to protect the property and the citizens of the city of Charleston.
"Officers are being assigned to specific areas for added security. Citizens are encouraged to dial 911 to report any suspicious activity," police said.
The burglaries occurred at the following locations:
- Downtown: Meeting Street – a homeless female broke out a window to an apartment and entered the residence. She was arrested on scene and charged with burglary 1st degree.
- James Island: Nabors Drive – Someone kicked in the back door of the residence and stole several firearms, jewelry and electronic equipment.
- James Island: Bass Lane – Someone kicked in the back door of the residence and stole a TV and a wedding dress.
- West Ashley: Balsam Street – Someone kicked in a door of the residence and stole unknown items.
- West Ashley: Savannah Highway – Someone broke out a window of the Speedway and stole cigarettes.