Man wanted in connection with pair of Charleston burglaries

Charleston police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted for his alleged connection to a pair of burglaries.

Charlton Smith, 27, is wanted on two counts of second-degree burglary in addition to grand larceny and petit larceny, police said. He is known to steal vehicles and use them to commit the burglaries.

Police describe Smith as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 170 pounds, and having black hair and brown eyes.

The most recent burglary police believe Smith was involved in happened at 9:28 a.m. June 22, according to the incident report. Officers were called to Ellis Creek Fish Camp in the 1200 block of Harbor View Road.

Once at the James Island restaurant, officers learned that the head chef arrived at 9:25 a.m. and noticed the manager’s office “appeared to be disheveled, the report said. He noticed a safe and a lockbox were missing.

When the employee check security camera footage, he saw three men entering the restaurant and stealing the safe and lockbox around 4:05 a.m., the report said. At least one of the men knew the safe’s location and went directly to the manager’s office where it was located.

Around 11 p.m. that day, the manager noticed a tan vehicle in the parking lot with one person inside, but he wasn’t able to provide police a more detailed description of the vehicle or its occupant.

Police also believe Smith is tied to a burglary on June 13.

Officers responded at 7:40 a.m. to Kickin Chicken in the 330 block of King Street in downtown Charleston, according to the incident report. At the scene, an officer spoke to the manager to said the office door and back door had been damaged when he arrived at work in the morning.

The officer noticed that a lock on the back door was tampered with and that the door showed signs of having been pried open with a crowbar, the report said.

Police believe Smith entered the business and used the crowbar to pry open the door to an office.

The business’ cash register, change box and safe contained about $5,000 in all, the report said.

Anyone with information about Charlton Smith should call 843-743-7200 and ask for the on-duty Charleston Police Department detective.

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