Deputies arrest suspect who made himself at home while victims hid | Crime
Richland County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a suspect they say made himself feel like he was at home during a burglary.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that just after midnight on Wednesday, May 8, on Decker Boulevard an observant deputy on patrol located 26-year-old James Walker Brown III, and took him into custody without incident.
Deputies say Brown is accused of breaking into a home on Haymarket Road on Christmas Day.
Once inside the home, investigators say Brown rummaged through the refrigerator and kitchen cabinets eating food.
Investigators also say before fleeing the scene on foot, Brown turned on televisions throughout the house, and a shower in the bedroom.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that two victims were hiding inside the home during the crime.
The victim told deputies as he returned home he saw Brown run out the back door.
Richland County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit was able to identify Brown through DNA and fingerprint match.
Brown is charged with burglary, petit larceny, and malicious injury to real property.