Former CAS prez booked on vandalism charges

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The former president of the Charleston Animal Society who stepped down from the post more than a year ago was charged Tuesday with malicious injury to real property after allegedly being caught on camera spitting soup on a former coworker's car.

Charles Karesh, 56, was lodged in the Al Cannon Detention Center Thursday afternoon, according to the center's website.{}

According to a police report, the investigation into Karesh started on Dec. 27 when Hilton Smith told officers someone was spitting soup on his car. Smith said he thought it was Karesh and told officers that there were several other similar incidents dating back to November.{}

Smith and Karesh worked together at Charleston Animal Society until Karesh left the organization during an embezzlement scandal. Smith said he thought Karesh held a grudge against him for the incident, the report states.{}

As a result of the number of times Karesh was allegedly spitting soup on Smith's car, Smith hired a private investigator who caught Karesh on video spitting on Smith's car.{}

Smith told police the soup damaged the paint on his car.