An Abbeville man was arrested this week after being implicated in a July home break-in within the city.
Thomas Kentell Thomas, 21, of 802 Haigler St., was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and charged with second-degree burglary and malicious injury to personal property in connection with the incident.
The break-in occurred the morning of July 11 at a residence in the 400 block of Ferry Street. According to an Abbeville police report:
Officers arrived and saw someone run from the back door of the residence, flee through the backyard, jump a fence and run into a nearby wooded area. City and Abbeville County authorities set a perimeter and used a bloodhound team attempting to track the suspect to no avail.
Neighbors told officers they called police after they were awakened by the sound of the robber breaking out a window at the back door of the residence. Officers later determined the suspect did enter the residence by knocking out a window at the back door, then reaching through and unlocking the door. Police found a black do-rag, a black baseball cap in the backyard as well as a Nike gym bag in the woods behind the residence. Officers determined the suspect tried to steal a small television from the kitchen. Investigators received a tip Tuesday that the suspect was at a residence in the 800 block of Haigler Street. Police responded to the residence and found the man sitting in an SUV parked in the yard.