A Union man was charged after he allegedly broke into a St. Clair home and took laundry.

Raymond A. Manley, 40, was charged Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with one count of burglary in the first degree and stealing charges.

At 9:46 a.m. Aug. 22, St. Clair police were dispatched to a residence at the 300 block of Maple Street regarding a burglary in progress.

Manley was found in the basement of the residence and fled the scene before officers arrived, according to Police Chief Bill Hammack.

The 27-year-old female resident told police that when she went down into the basement, she saw Manley going through laundry.

She told police that he made up a story about how the landlord called him and requested he go inspect her home, according to Hammack.

The resident went upstairs to call the police. Officers found Manley leaving the area on foot. He was carrying a basket of clothing from the residence, according to Hammack. He was arrested.

Manley is a registered sex offender and told police he had entered the residence through the unlocked basement door to sleep for the night.

His bond was set at $25,000, according to Hammack.