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No ‘goodwill’ for burglar

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By Jenny Hartley

A Waxhaw man was arrested on several charges after Lancaster Police Department officers responded to a burglar alarm at the Goodwill store and donation center on S.C. 9 Bypass late Sunday.

Christopher Michael Gorth, 33, of 8822 Tirzah Church Road, was charged with second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and assault on a police officer while resisting arrest.

According to a police department incident report, officers responded to an alarm call at the store about 11:45 p.m. Sunday.

Officers arrived and could hear someone trying to get into the building through the roof, the report said.

Officers called for the ladder truck from the Lancaster Fire Department and Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies also arrived to assist.

One officer radioed the others when he heard someone running through the woods at the back of the store.

While officers searched the back of the store, Gorth jumped off the front of the Goodwill building and ran toward the bypass, the report said.

A Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report said a deputy watching the front of the store saw Gorth, who was wearing a black jumpsuit and ski mask and carrying a black bag, run across the bypass.

The deputy chased Gorth and both the deputy and Gorth fell during the chase. The deputy injured his knee while trying to subdue Gorth, and was taken by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services to the Springs Memorial Hospital’s emergency room, the report said.

Officers found two wrenches, a lock-picking device, drill bits, a two-way radio, gloves, a face mask and jacket inside the black bag that Gorth was carrying. The report said Gorth did heavy damage to the roof but was not able to get inside the store.

Gorth was released Monday from the Lancaster County Detention Center on a $23,000 bond.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151