Charleston police have identified a suspect in a June 28 break-in at the West Ashley home of Senate District 41 candidate Paul Tinkler.
Javan C. Jordan, of Chicory Lane in North Charleston, is wanted on second-degree burglary charges in connection with the break-in on Winchester Drive, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said.
Jordan, 18, is a suspect in other burglaries in the Orange Grove Road/North Bridge area as well, Francis said. He is believed to be traveling in a 2004 blue Jeep Grand Cherokee, Francis said.
Jordan is accused of cutting through a screen door on the back porch of Tinkler’s home and using a crowbar to pry open French doors in the rear of the house, police said.
Tinkler told police he arrived at the residence about 1 p.m. and heard his dogs barking. He said he heard someone walking upstairs shortly before a man wearing a purple T-shirt and black pants walked downstairs and fled through the rear of the home, an incident report said.
“I think we were both surprised to see each other,” Tinkler told The Post and Courier last week.
Tinkler ran outside to call 911 when a U.S. Postal Service worker pulled up nearby.
The postal worker told police an older model tan Chevy Trailblazer was parked at the corner of Merton Road and Winchester Drive with a man and woman inside.
Trash and skid marks were found in the area where the vehicle was parked, the report said.
Police said that each room of the home looked ransacked, but Tinkler did not report anything missing. Tinkler has said the burglar dropped a bag with an iPad, camera and jewelry while fleeing from the house.
Jordan was convicted of marijuana possession last year, and he is awaiting trial on a petty larceny charge from November, according to State Law Enforcement Division records.
Tinkler is running as a Democrat against Charleston Republican Walter Hundley in a July 17 special election, and against Republican and former Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond on Nov. 6 for a full two-year term for the seat formerly held by Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell.