Female Homeowner Surprises Burglar-Bloodhounds Track Him Down

On August 18, 2014 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Brent Allen Richardson (22) who lives on Oak Ridge Church Rd. Kershaw, SC and charged him with Burglary (2nd degree) after he broke into a home in Kershaw.

On the afternoon of August 18, 2014 a mother of two small children returned home after school. The mother went into her home with the small children 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 lying on top of it. She had not noticed any signs of forced entry, but quickly gathered her children and called her husband. He advised her to leave the residence immediately and as she did, she encountered Richardson on the front porch of her home. Richardson told the homeowner that he was looking for his lost dog and departed.

The female homeowner left the residence with her children and drove down her lengthy driveway to await her husband’s arrival. The husband contacted a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Deputy who along with other deputies responded to the residence. Along with the deputies, the KCSO bloodhound tracking team was dispatched to their location. Bloodhounds eventually lead deputies to Richardson who was ultimately arrested.

Deputies were able to determine that when the female homeowner and her children initially entered the residence, Richardson was inside hiding in one of the upstairs children’s bedroom. He had locked the door and jumped out of the second story window to flee. After he fled and the female homeowner departed, Richardson re-entered the home to gather the items he had bagged up to steal.  It was evident to the deputies that he was under the influence of something. He later admitted to being high on Xanax.

“The scenario which unfolded here is very alarming. A mother and her two little kids enter their home with no knowledge that an intruder is 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,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

Richardson was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he remains after being unable to post a $30,000.00 bond. He reportedly just completed probation for a previous burglary and grand larceny arrest.

Brent Allen Richardson