Charleston County Sheriff's deputies released a surveillance video Tuesday and were asking the public for help in identifying two men who tried to break into the Awendaw home of newly elected Mayor Samuel Robinson Monday morning.

Deputies were dispatched to Robinson's home on U.S. Highway 17 in Awendaw about 8:40 a.m. Monday after a burglar alarm was tripped. When deputies arrived, they found a muddy footprint on the front door and a splintered door frame, according to police reports.

Robinson said he had to leave a conference in Myrtle Beach after the security company notified him of the break-in attempt.

The would-be burglars took great precautions to avoid leaving evidence at the scene, going so far as to wear gloves and to avoid touching any doors with their hands. Despite those precautions, the attempted break-in was captured on the Robinson's video surveillance system. The culprit's faces are visible in the videos.

Robinson said he walked through the house with deputies to make sure nothing was taken.

Anyone with information about this crime should call the Charleston County Sheriff's office at 202-1700.

Reach David W. MacDougall at or 937-5655.