Mount Pleasant police: Stolen jewelry found buried in suspect’s yard

James Berkley

Jewelry stolen from a house in Mount Pleasant was found buried in a suspect’s yard, according to Mount Pleasant police.

The owners of a house in the I’On neighborhood told police last month that about $20,000 worth of jewelry had been taken while the house on Saturday Road was under renovation for the past several months, according to the incident report.

Officers tracked down people who had worked on the house. One of the people that officers interviewed identified an electrician and said the jewelry might be buried in his yard, Inspector Chip Googe said.

James Earl Berkley, 35, of Huger Street in Moncks Corner was arrested Wednesday and charged with grand larceny. He was being held in the Charleston County jail on $20,000 bail Friday.

When Berkley was arrested Wednesday, he was out of jail on $565 bail after being arrested May 28 and charged with passing a bad check for less than $500, according to court and jail records.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.