Sheriff Vic Davis announced that Clay County deputies have made an arrest in a string of burglaries in Clay County that started in May. Davis said that his office received a call from Hogsed’s Sportswear on November 15th that someone had stolen a new pair of boots, and left the box behind.
Deputy Jonathan Taylor responded to Hogsed’s Sportswear, and upon reviewing store surveillance tapes, was able to identify Jody Michael Chambers, a resident of Clay Co, as the person who allegedly took the boots without paying for them.
Chambers had allegedly taken a pair of Danner Arcadia work boots, valued at $280, from their box, and put them on. Chambers then allegedly concealed his old boots under his coat and left the store.
Deputy Taylor then went to Chambers residence located off Hwy 175 and spoke with Chambers about the missing boots at Hogsed’s Sportswear. After hearing, that Hogsed’s had video surveillance of him allegedly putting the boots on and walking out of the store wearing them, Chambers then retrieved the boots and gave them to Deputy Taylor.
Deputy Taylor then arrested Chambers and brought him to the Clay Co. Detention Center where he was brought before a magistrate and placed under a $3000.00 secured bond for shoplifting. Unable to post bond, Chambers was placed in the Clay County Detention Center.
According to Sheriff Davis, the next day the sheriff’s office received a call from a resident on Ledford’s Chapel Rd. that a house that he watches had been broken into. Deputy Chris Moral responded to that location and began investigating. The homeowner was called and came home and was able to identify many missing items. The house had also been vandalized according to Moral’s report.
While investigating at this residence, the person who called in the first Breaking and Entering also discovered that the home next door also appeared to have been broken into and vandalized. The front door was standing open and the house was in disarray as was as a camper located behind the house. The owner of that home was contacted and once they arrived, they discovered that several items were missing from their house as well.
Investigator Tony Ellis was called to the homes on Ledford’s Chapel Rd. and began his investigation. Ellis’ investigation also pointed to Jody Chambers.
Ellis along with Investigator Brandon Coker went to the detention center and spoke with Chambers about the Ledford Chapel break-ins and Chambers also allegedly admitted to breaking into those houses. Chambers gave information that led investigators into Georgia to a residence where Clay Co. investigators as well as Towns Co. Ga. deputies seized items identified as coming from Clay County break-ins, as well as items seized in connection to Towns County Cases.
Charges are pending in Towns County and the name of the Georgia resident is being withheld until the investigation is complete.
Items were seized in Georgia that cleared up other Clay Co. cases as well, according to Sheriff Vic Davis and the investigation is continuing. “We’ll keep investigating this as long as there’s leads to follow”, said Davis, who concluded by saying, “We are still working on this case, and we will pursue it to its conclusion”.
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