A West Columbia man is accused of breaking into a home under construction near Lexington last month.
An arrest warrant has been obtained for James Edward Burgess, 46, on a charge of second degree burglary, Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said.
Burgess is currently being held on $70,000 bail at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on charges filed by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Burgess is accused of burglarizing a home that was under construction on Keegan Rock Court on March 16. According to the warrant, he stole a General Electric slick-top stove worth $1,300 and caused about $4,000 in damage to a newly-installed wood floor by dragging the stove across it. Burgess told investigators he sold the stolen stove to a man for $200.
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Detectives are investigating if Burgess is involved in other burglaries that have been reported in Lexington County, Sheriff Metts said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.