Brick used to break into three North Charleston businesses

Published: Jan. 20, 2014 at 8:17 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2014 at 10:57 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Three North Charleston businesses were broken into over the last three days.

In each break in, the suspect threw a brick through a front window to get in.

"I can't believe someone just came to my business and threw a brick through the window," said Jimmy Dover, owner of Jimmy's Auto Care Center on Rivers Avenue.

Dover's surveillance cameras recorded the crime that happened early Monday morning.

He said the burglar went right for the safe.

"He couldn't get into it. it's bolted to the floor, so nothing gone," Dover said.

Dover quickly learned he was not the only victim.

Not long after the break in to his shop, North Charleston Police say someone threw a brick through a front window at Marchant Automotive less than a mile away.

The surveillance video from that business shows a suspect who looks similar to the guy who broke into Jimmy's.

The owners of Marchant say the guy went for the safe and left empty handed.

However, that was not the case at the Odds and Ends Thrift Store in Gaslight Square.

Late last Friday night or early Saturday morning, someone threw a brick threw a window there.

But this time, the culprit cashed in.

"Came straight into cash drawer, removed the cash, didn't touch anything else in the store, back out and they're gone," Tivener explained.

Tivener didn't catch the suspect on surveillance cameras, but he does have photos of the damage.

"Disgusted, more disgusted than anything, it shouldn't happen," he said.

Three businesses burglarized possibly by the same suspect.

It's a reason for others in the area to be on the lookout.

We reached out to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor to find out if investigators believe the break ins are related. We did not hear back from him because of the Martin Luther King holiday.

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