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Mother, children nearly walk in on burglar

Posted: August 21, 2014 5:31 p.m.
Updated: August 22, 2014 6:00 a.m.
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Brent Allen Richardson

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a county man Monday on a charge of second-degree burglary after he allegedly made his way inside a Kershaw area home and hid when a woman and her two children arrived after school.

A KCSO press release said Brent Allen Richardson, 22, of Oak Ridge Church Road, Kershaw, was inside the house when the woman and her children entered the home. The woman took the kids upstairs to watch TV when she noticed a plastic bag on the floor with a makeshift ski mask on top of it.

The release said the woman did not notice any signs of forced entry. She quickly gathered her children and called her husband, who advised her to leave the residence immediately.

As she left, she encountered Richardson on the front porch of her home claiming he was looking for his lost dog. He then left. The woman left as well with her children and drove down her driveway to wait for her husband, who had contacted a deputy. That deputy, along with others, responded to the call. The KCSO bloodhound tracking team arrived on the scene as well, leading deputies to Richardson allowing them to arrest him.

Investigators determined that Richardson was hiding in one of the children’s upstairs bedrooms when the woman and her children entered the house. He had locked the door and jumped out of a second-story window to flee. After the woman left, Richardson allegedly re-entered the home to gather the items he had bagged up to steal. Deputies reported that Richardson appeared under the influence of something. He later admitted to being high on Xanax, a prescription drug.

“The scenario which unfolded here is very alarming,” Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “A mother and her two little kids enter their home with no knowledge that an intruder was hiding inside. Fortunately, this intruder fled after jumping out of the two-story window. Thankfully neither she nor her children were physically harmed, but the children are aware that this guy was hiding in their bedroom and are afraid.”

Deputies took Richardson to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he remains after being unable to post a $30,000 bond. He reportedly just completed probation for a previous burglary and grand larceny arrest.

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