Berkeley Co. deputies arrest Lowcountry woman for middle school burglary

Picture of the suspect taken into custody on Wednesday. (Source: BCSO)
Picture of the suspect taken into custody on Wednesday. (Source: BCSO)
Source: BCSO
Source: BCSO

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office say they have made an arrest in the burglary at Philip Simmons Elementary/Middle School that took place on Monday.

Deputies arrested Whitney Suzanne Burrow of Shadowmoss Parkway in Charleston.

Burrow was taken into custody at an address on Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. She's charged with second-degree burglary.

According to BCSO officials, Burrow was arrested after the sheriff's office received multiple tips from citizens and law enforcement after pictures of the suspect had been released.

Investigators say during the burglary, artwork was torn down, computer equipment was damaged and a vending machine was knocked over.

"She was arrested without incident and transported to the Hill Finklea Detention Center to await a bond hearing tomorrow morning at 9 am," BCSO officials said.

On Tuesday morning, a deputy responded to the school and spoke to the principal who told him that the custodian found the building in disarray.

The custodian said she arrived at school at 5:45 a.m., and as she walked through the conference room she saw candy and a bowl scattered around a room.

In the break area, someone had thrown chairs around as well as a snack machine. A report states two computers were also thrown from the desk.

The custodian also discovered that someone had ripped an art display from the wall, and the state flag was lying in the middle of the foyer.

In addition, trash cans were lying flat on the ground and papers were scattered in some of the classrooms.

Surveillance video showed a white vehicle driving around the school around 7:15 p.m. At 7:43 p.m., a woman was seen on the video getting out of the vehicle and attempting to enter the school through a rear door near the bus stop.

Deputies say the suspect also attempted to enter the school through a kitchen door.

According to deputies, when she finally got inside, she was seen rummaging through items and destroying equipment.

Surveillance video showed the suspect throwing the computers and turning a "huge snack machine on its face."

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