Report: Burglar caught in the act gave victim a hug before fleeing

Published: Jan. 23, 2015 at 3:29 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2015 at 8:50 PM EST
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MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - A burglar who was caught in the act while snooping around a bedroom in a Moncks Corner home Thursday morning gave his upset spotter a hug before fleeing the residence, according to an incident report.

Moncks Corner police responded to reports of a burglary just before 9 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 3000 block of Maple Leaf Drive.

A woman, who lives at the home with her daughter, told police she woke up around 8:45 a.m. and noticed the bedroom light was on in her daughter's bedroom. When she went to turn it off, she found a male suspect going through her daughter's dresser.

According to the woman, the suspect began to leave, but stopped to give her a hug after noticing how upset she was. The suspect then left out the back door and fled on foot towards Underbrush Court.

The daughter, Bonnie Leusby told us how her mom described her encounter with the burglar.

"Walked up to her and hugged her, hugged her, patted on her on the back three times, I guess to her know that he wasn't going to hurt her," Leusby said. "Then he decided to take off. So he ran down the front steps and out the door."

The report states police found the screen on a window at the back of the home had been cut and the window was pushed up. There were also muddy footprints in the home, as well as footprints in an outside flower bed.

Police say they also found several electronics and other items laying on the bed in the master bedroom, and other items were found sitting out on the dining room table.

Leusby says after police left, the suspect returned and peeked in the house from a back window and then left.

The victim described the suspect as a black male between 16 and 17 years old. He was wearing blue jeans, black gloves, and a light blue jacket with a hood to conceal his face.

The incident remains under investigation.

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