Serial soup spitting?

Charles Karesh, the former president the Charleston Animal Society who quit after money was found missing, was arrested today after a former board member said Karesh kept spitting soup on his car.

Karesh, 56, was charged with malicious injury to property.

Karesh resigned from the Animal Society in December 2011 after $69,000 was founding missing. Board members said the money was returned and that no charges were brought.

Hilton Smith III, 31, a former board member, said Karesh held a grudge and tried to get back at him through soup spitting, according to an incident report from Charleston police.

Smith and Karesh work in separate offices at 215 East Bay St. Smith is an officer with the East Bay Co., which sells commercial real estate. Karesh sells insurance.

Smith parks in the garage at 14 Cumberland St. He told police that Karesh spit soup on the trunk of his car at least six times, damaging the paint. He says the soup attacks started the week of Thanksgiving and continued through Christmas Eve.

Smith hired a private investigator who videotaped Karesh spitting soup on the car on at least one occasion, according to the police report.

Smith declined to share the video when reached by telephone.

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