Crime

How a hunting camera and Facebook helped Harrison County cops nab an alleged burglar

Charles David Harris, 48, was arrested by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, April 18, 2018, on charges of breaking and entering into a house and burglary of a shop.
Charles David Harris, 48, was arrested by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, April 18, 2018, on charges of breaking and entering into a house and burglary of a shop. Harrison County jail

A Facebook post led to an alleged burglar returning stolen tools and a trailer but the "low life" still ended up in jail.

On April 9, a Facebook post was made in a community group, addressed to "the low life" that took a trailer and tools from a Saucier residence.

Accompanied with surveillance photos, the victim's daughter gave the burglar a 24-hour ultimatum: Return the items or face consequences.

Most of the items reappeared at the victim's home the next day. But thanks to hunting cameras set up on the property, along with the social media post, investigators identified Charles David Harris, 48, of Saucier, as the alleged burglar, Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said.

He said Harris had loaded power tools, mechanical tools and televisions onto the victim's trailer and then took the trailer.

Gina Rogers said with the help of her sister, Becky Yarbrough, they were able to plaster the surveillance photos on Facebook. It didn't take long from there to ID Harris, she said.

"I posted it on Facebook, someone saw the truck later at the store and went from there," she said, appropriately in a Facebook message to the Sun Herald. "My sister had sent him a message to bring the stuff back, I was posting on Facebook to bring it back, by chance he did."

Rogers said within five minutes of making the social media post "we had his name, address, phone number. Social media is Fast!"

"If it hadn't been for posting it on Facebook and the Good Samaritans of Saucier, I don't think we would have caught him," she said.

Harris was arrested Wednesday on charges of burglary of a residence and burglary of a shop. He's held at the Harrison County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner.



Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2326, @patrickochs
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