An Aiken man released from jail less than a month ago was detained on burglary and drug charges on Friday, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Charlie Gene Wenner, 30, of Cedar Road, was charged with second-degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance schedule II and possession of a controlled substance schedule III. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Monday afternoon.
Officers were called to a hotel on Richland Avenue about 8:30 p.m. on Friday after someone reported a white male wearing tan pants and a black shirt, carrying a blue duffel bag and looking into people's cars in the McDonald's parking lot next door, according to the report.
Officers detained and Mirandized Wenner, who waived his rights and agreed to talk with them. They wrote that his story was “inconsistent.”
Wenner allowed officers to search his duffel bag, in which they found several bottles of prescription pills and liquid with various names, including Ambien and hydrocodone, according to the report. Only one of the bottles was Wenner's. Officers also found wallets, cards and dog tags bearing other people's names, as well as a hammer, screwdrivers, socket wrenches and other tools.
Wenner couldn't provide a valid reason why he had property in the bag belonging to so many different people and said they just “left it behind,” the report stated. Officers couldn't confirm that any of the items were stolen, so Wenner was detained on just the drug charges.
While processing the evidence later, officers noticed the address on one of the pill bottles matched the address of a burglary that the Aiken County Sheriff's Office had worked earlier that day, according to the report. That information was forwarded to the Sheriff's Office for them to pursue charges.
Another pill bottle had the address of a burglary on Schroeder Avenue that Aiken Public Safety responded to earlier on Friday evening, the report stated. Additionally, Wenner matched the description of the suspect seen fleeing the scene of that burglary.
According to the Aiken County detention center website, Wenner was jailed July 20 on multiple charges of third-degree burglary, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and simple larceny. He was released Sept. 19.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.