CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a West Ashley man caught burglarizing a downtown Charleston home told officers he thought it was alright for him to take a hot water heater and a file cabinet since the house was abandoned.
The Charleston Police Department charged 27-year-old Quentin Arnaz Grant and 22-year-old Rasheed Hakim Anderson with third-degree burglary.
The two men's charges stem from an incident last Monday around 11 a.m. when a witness called emergency officials and reported seeing several men break into a home on Maverick Street.
The men were removing items from the property, including a hot water heater, and loading them into a small SUV.
Officers arrived on scene and saw an SUV which was backed into an alley at Home Place and Oswego Street.
A Charleston police report states when the officers approached the vehicle, they saw two men, identified as Anderson and Grant, loading a large metal filing cabinet into the SUV.
Officers also reported seeing a hot water heater that matched the description given by the witness.
According to investigators, Grant admitted he knew that the property was abandoned and willingly stated that he thought it was alright for him to remove items from the property because of the fact.
Police say the property was clearly marked with several "NO TRESPASSING" signs and was locked and secured.
Investigators say the men entered the home by breaking a rear window.
Grant and Anderson were locked up at the Al Cannon Detention Center.