Police: Reported burglar not in home at center of standoff

VIDEO: Police on the scene of standoff at James Island home

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police say they have cleared the James Island home where a burglar was believed holed up and say he was not inside.

Police responded Tuesday afternoon to a home in the 1,600 block of Westway Drive on a report of a burglar inside a home, Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said.

The call came in at 1:06 p.m., Francis said. As of 2:56 p.m., police believed the burglar was alone inside the home.

A portion of Westway Drive is closed and the SWAT team is on the scene, according to witnesses. A helicopter was also spotted flying over the scene.

Police moved neighbors and the media further from the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, Francis said.

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