Burglar leaves ID at crime scene

WINNSBORO – When Winnsboro resident Barry Gilbert reported that his backyard workshop on Garden Street and four of his vehicles had been burglarized during the night of Oct. 14, he was also able to give some unexpected helpful information to the Winnsboro Department of Public Safety officers when they arrived to look into the incident.


Gilbert handed them a driver’s license that, it turned out, had been dropped by the burglar on the floor of the workshop during the burglary. Then Gilbert linked the ID to video footage his surveillance camera shot of the suspect entering the workshop with a long gun.

Armed with the suspect’s name, address and other information, the WDPS officers promptly arrested the suspect, Curtis Chambers, Jr., at his home on Hudson Street, just a few blocks from Gilbert’s home.

According to WDPS Chief John Seibles, that arrest led to the solution of several other burglaries in the neighborhood.

Chambers was charged with larceny from vehicle, burglary 2nd degree and malicious damage to property. While Gilbert said some of the stolen items were recovered, he said damage to his vehicles, computers and other items was extensive.

Chambers, who remains jailed, is currently serving a five-year probation for grand larceny from May, 2016. A separate charge of grand larceny from November, 2016 is pending.

His bond is set at $40,000.

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