Not-so-sweet escape: Gelato leads police to burglary suspect

Robert Hodges

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) -Charleston Police have made an arrest in connection to one of the eight businesses downtown that were vandalized early Wednesday morning.

Police responded to an alarm about 12:30 a.m. at 54 Broad Street after a glass pane on the door was broken.

Officers also found broken glass windows at 24, 30, 34, 42 84, 120, 157 Broad Street and 3, 9, 17 and 23 State Street.

While canvassing the area, officers found Robert Hodges, 20, of North Woodmere Drive, at Broad Street and Colonial Drive. Hodges was intoxicated with a cut on his elbow and blood dripping down his arm and hand, he had in his possession an ice cream container of gelato ice cream. Investigators have determined the ice cream came from Burbages at 157 Broad Street, one of the businesses that were vandalized.

Officers found Hodges about 1:00 a.m. at Broad Street and Colonial Drive.

Hodges has been charged with burglary 2nd degree and public intoxication and was being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center.

Investigators are trying to determine if Hodges was involved in the vandalization of the other businesses.

Police have increased their presence in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call (843)743-7200 and ask for the on duty CPD detective or Crime Stoppers at (843)554-1111.

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