WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police are looking for burglars who broke into homes in a West Ashley subdivision early Thursday morning while people were asleep.
The break-ins happened in Shadowmoss Plantation and detectives are working to find out if they're related.
Charleston City Councilman Harry Griffin, who lives in the neighborhood says the thieves broke into his grandmother's home and were within a few feet of his grandmother's bedroom.
Griffin says his father had the surveillance camera installed a few years ago.
"I gave my dad a hard time. I said we don't need a camera, this is Shadowmoss, then this happened today," Griffin said.
"These are cockroaches, these people here they prey on the people that are making a living here. They don't want to work, they want to sit and do nothing. They're cockroaches and I'm sick and tired of it," Griffin's father Darryl said.
The first call came just after 5 a.m. from a Muirfield Parkway resident, according to Charleston police department spokesman Charles Francis. Another came around 6:30 a.m. when a homeowner found her back door open with her purse in the backyard with credit cards scattered everywhere, Francis said. Another call came in at 6:45 a.m. from a resident on Toura Lane where someone stole multiple items from a car, but there were no signs of forced entry, Francis said.
A call also came in at 6:59 a.m. to a house on Martins Path for a burglary and car break-in. The car had been rummaged through along with a drawer in the living room, Francis said. At 8 a.m., a resident on Fieldfare Way called about a suspect who had entered through an exterior side garage door and was caught on camera walking through the residence.
A woman named Ellen said the burglars opened her son's bedroom window but were scared off.
"My son is in his room sleeping and he was actually alerted by the cat and got up and noticed his window, bedroom window sliding up. So he ran around the front door, goes out and catches these two guys hightailing down across the street through the two houses," she said. "Total shock, I just couldn't believe it, I mean I live in this quiet cul-de-sac back here in a fairly decent neighborhood."
Charleston Police detectives were seen in the neighborhood late Thursday morning interviewing residents.
Police say the suspect look similar to the ones believed to have broken into homes in other West Ashley neighborhoods.
"Who knows if we'll see these same guys again in this neighborhood today. But we've got their face, their tattoos, their mannerisms now and if they're watching I hope you know you will be caught, you will be prosecuted," Councilman Griffin said.
A community meeting is scheduled for 6 o'clock at Crosstown Church on Bees Ferry Road to discuss the break-ins.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111 or Charleston police at 843-743-7200.