Charleston police swarmed into a West Ashley neighborhood Friday after someone broke into Police Chief Greg Mullen’s home.
According to an incident report, Mullen's wife was arriving at their home about 3:45 p.m. when she saw a man running away from the rear of the house. The man ran along a marsh to the rear of the property and into a woods, the report said.
Mullen's wife, Kedron Mullen, pulled into her driveway and heard her burglar alarm sounding, the report said. She went through the front door to let the dog out and saw that a back kitchen window was broken out. She then went back outside and called 911.
According to the report, a Toshiba laptop was stolen, but the burglar apparently dropped it as the report lists it as having been recovered already.
Police set up a perimeter around the neighborhood and tried to find the burglar, but were unable to find anyone.
Though the incident report contained Mullen's address, Francis asked that it not be published to protect the chief's privacy.
According to county property records, Mullen's home is in Schieveling Plantation, which is between S.C. Highway 61 and the Ashley River, near Shadowmoss Plantation.
The suspect was described as a white male, 16 to 25 years old, with light brown, medium length hair, above the ear, and a slender build. He was wearing knee-length blue and white plaid shorts and a dark, short-sleeved shirt.
Anyone with information about the burglary should call Charleston police at 577-7434 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.