A man on Charleston’s East End said his home was broken into on two, separate occasions on Monday, December 31. During the second break-in, he said he held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.
He asked that we not identify him, for his own safety.
When asked about recent crime in his neighborhood he said, “I couldn’t grow a vegetable garden the last couple of years because as the vegetables matured, they picked them and they took them.”
He said the incidents began during the afternoon hours. He had just returned from a trip. He walked to his door and saw two people inside going through his things.
He said he called 911. He added that officers with the Charleston Police Department arrived promptly to his home.
“Through the use of their K9 or the implied threat of the K9, that got one of the gentlemen to come out,” he said. “Another one said he was sleeping in my house. He required a dog for a wake up call.”
Those two suspects, he said, were taken into custody. He said he went to sleep around 8 p.m.
“I was woken back up around 11 to the sound of someone else in my house,” he said. “I held him at gunpoint, the police came, and they took him away.”
But the victim in the case said that suspect wasn’t alone. “He had went to the grocery store to buy cigarettes to come back and rob my house. They were there long enough to leave and go buy snacks.”
As a result of both of these break-ins, the victim said three people are in custody.
He has a message for anyone else thinking about committing similar crimes in Charleston. “Grow up,” he said. “People will befriend you if you’ll just be a part of society. Society has norms. Stick to them and you’ll find that life to be a lot better than being a sneak-thief.”
As a result of the holiday hours kept by the Kanawha County Judicial Annex, we were unable to identify the names of the three suspects taken into custody. We plan to update this story as soon as those names are available for release.
As always, authorities say to call 911 if you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood.