Former Vendue Inn worker charged with stealing safe


Charleston police have charged a former employee of Vendue Inn and Rooftop Grill with burglarizing the establishment Oct. 21 and using a dolly to cart off a safe with $7,436 inside.

Bricken Pierre Brown, 29, of Orangeburg Road in Summerville is charged with second-degree burglary in connection with the theft at 25 Vendue Range, police spokesman Charles Francis said.

Brown also is charged with possession of marijuana because he had 13 grams of marijuana on him when he was arrested, Francis said. He was released from jail Thursday on a personal recognizance bond.

The incident occurred between 3 and 5:30 a.m. and was discovered when the staff arrived for work, Francis said. A surveillance video showed a black man in a hoodie sweatshirt and jeans inside the restaurant after hours, according to a police report.

The intruder forced open a door to the managerís office and then used a dolly to remove the 200-pound safe, police said.

Forensic evidence tied Brown to the crime, Francis said, but he did not reveal what that evidence was.

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