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Connecting Crimes in Charleston

By: Jennifer Cottrill Email
By: Jennifer Cottrill Email

A string of break-ins could be connected to a murder in Charleston.

Jason Venanzi was killed last week outside his home in North Charleston, which is the same area police said is the target of a rash of robberies.

Aleisa Palmer is the latest victim of a string of break-ins that started to sizzle once summer started. Cops said once the temperature started to rise on Chandler Drive, so did the crime.

“Electronic items and basically lawn equipment are being stolen from the areas up there in general," Sgt. Aaron James of the Charleston Police Dept. said.

Aleisa's missing her brand new lawn mower and despite the sign seen through her front window, she says someone snuck-in anyways.

It's this kind of crime that's now catching cops' attention.

Last week, a man was murdered in North Charleston in what police believe to be a robbery gone bad.

“We are certainly looking at the burglaries in that are a little more strongly right now because of the homicide," Sgt. James said.

But police said they're crimes they constantly investigate. It's a popular place for break-ins to happen.

“You can approach from the woods and escape from the woods and you can leave with a lot of things, if you have help, and not be seen,” Sgt. James said.

“We know what people's doing around here and it needs to be straightened up, honestly," Palmer said.

Currently police do not believe the same people involved in the break-ins are connected to last week's murder, but cops say they're not ruling it out either.
Police do ask if you have any information about the break-ins on Chandler Drive or in North Charleston, to call them.

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