Sheriff: Kershaw mom, kids run into burglar on front porch

08/20/2014 12:49 PM

08/20/2014 12:50 PM

A Kershaw County woman ran into a burglary suspect as he was trying to leave her home after she returned from picking her children up from school.

Deputies say Brent Allen Richardson, 22, has been charged with second degree burglary after he allegedly broke into a home Monday afternoon.

Police say a Kershaw County mother of two returned to her home after picking the children up from school and took them upstairs to watch television.

When she got upstairs, she noticed a plastic bag on the floor with a make-shift ski mask laying on top of it, Sheriff Jim Matthews said.

Although she hadn’t noticed any signs of forced entry, she quickly gathered her children and called her husband, Matthews said.

Her husband told her to leave the house immediately, according to Matthews. As she was leaving, she ran into Richardson on the front porch of her home.

Matthews said Richardson told the homeowner he was looking for his lost dog and left.

The woman left the home with her children and drove down her long driveway to wait for her husband, who had called Kershaw County deputies Matthews said.

“Along with the deputies, the KCSO bloodhound tracking team was dispatched to their location,” Matthews said. “Bloodhounds eventually lead deputies to Richardson, who was ultimately arrested.”

Deputies determined Richardson was hiding in one of the children’s upstairs bedroom when the woman and two children returned home, according to Matthews.

Matthews said Richardson had locked the door and jumped out of the second story window to escape.

After the woman left, Richardson went back inside the house to gather the items he had bagged up to steal, Matthews said.

“It was evident to the deputies that he was under the influence of something,” Matthews said. “He later admitted to being high on Xanax.”

Richardson was taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center, according to Matthews.

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