James Matthew Alman, age 48, of Lancaster, has been arrested and charged with two counts of Burglary Second Degree. A deputy of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Bubbles and Blades at 1310 Great Falls Highway Monday, June 26, 2017, at about 7:40 a. m. The owner of the business arrived to find a broken window on the side of the business. Although nothing was missing from the business, suspected blood was found in several areas inside suggesting entry was made and the burglar cut himself going in.
At 9:42 a. m. Monday the same deputy was dispatched to Christian Services at 1227 Great Falls Highway. A broken window was found on the front of the building. A ski pick was found near the broken glass and was apparently used to gain entry. A review of security video indicated that a burglar entered the business Saturday, June 24, at about 10:45 p. m. A small amount of money, a cell phone, clothes, shoes, and toothpaste were missing from the business.
Alman appeared at the Lancaster Police Department Monday and implicated himself in the Christian Services burglary. A deputy was called and transported Alman to the sheriff’s office, where he was interviewed by investigators. After the interview, he was arrested for that burglary. Alman was interviewed again Tuesday concerning the Bubbles and Blades burglary and was charged with it after the interview. Alman remains in the Lancaster County Detention Center. Bond was denied by the magistrate. A photograph of Alman is attached.
Sheriff Barry Faile said, “Although both of these burglaries involved minimal damage and theft, incidents like these create great hardship for business owners. One of these businesses is a charity. I am glad we identified Alman quickly and were able to charge him with the burglaries.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email www.crimestopperssc.com.