RICHLAND COUNTY, SC Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says more charges may be coming against a burglary suspect arrested Thursday after leaving the northeast Columbia Brookhaven neighborhood with a stove in the back of his car.
Craig Cory Cooper,44, was stopped by deputies near Killian and Farrow roads because he fit the description of a man seen kicking in the front door of the house at 462 Robins Egg Drive around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The witness, a neighbor, called 911 and told authorities that the burglar kicked in the front door and then left the house with a stove which he loaded into his burgundy Honda.
Lott said Cooper may be a suspect in a rash of appliance thefts from burglaries in rental properties and foreclosed homes.
Cooper was charged with burglary, larceny, giving false information to law enforcement, being a habitual offender, and driving under suspension. He was being held Friday at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.