A St. Clair man was charged after he allegedly broke into a local business last week.

Earl E. McGee, 35, was charged Friday, Jan. 26, in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with a possession of burglary tools, second degree property damage, trespassing and stealing.

On Thursday, Jan. 25, at 11:35 p.m., police were dispatched to Hoffman’s Towing lot located at 1100 Miller Drive in regard to a stealing in progress, according to Police Chief Bill Hammack.

Officers were contacted after the business’ surveillance system prompted an alert that there was an intruder inside the fenced-in area. The security company contacted law enforcement.

When officers arrived on the scene, they located an area of the fence line that was cut. They also found a backpack, a pry bar and bolt cutters near the broken fence.

A search of the area was conducted and an officer found McGee hiding in a 2003 Dodge Ram truck inside the fenced area.

The officer and a sheriff’s deputy, who also was at the scene, removed McGee from the vehicle. McGee told police he used the bolt cutters to cut through the fence and that he was looking to steal anything of value.

McGee’s bond was set at $20,000, according to Hammack.