LAURINBURG — Detectives at the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office worked smarter not harder by enlisting the help of security footage and two other agencies to catch an alleged criminal.
Detectives worked with Laurinburg Police Department to identify a suspect and with parole and probation to bring him into custody.
On Wednesday, deputies arrested Anthony Lamont Galbreath, 26, of Livingston Road, Gibson on charges of larceny when he showed up for an appointment with his probation officer, according to Detective Kelly Jacobs.
The detectives has been investigating the theft of three air conditioning units that were stolen in April.
“All these victims had heating and air units stolen; he took the stolen units and loaded them in the back of a Chevy Tahoe SUV when he would steal them,” Jacobs said. “They were concealed in the back of the SUV, so nobody would ever know. It couldn’t be seen like in the back of a truck.”
The units were stolen from the Gibson Post Office building, Multitudes Church and Gibson Baptist Church.
“We identified him from camera footage from Multitudes and the town of Gibson,” Jacobs said. “We didn’t know who he was, and we contacted Laurinburg Police Department.”
Police had dealt with Galbreath before for the same crime using the same or similar vehicle. At around the time of the Gibson thefts Galbreath was nabbed at an empty home on Heather Lane when officers answered an alarm and found two men, one of whom was Galbreath, with a black Chevrolet Tahoe parked in the yard with the driver’s doors and hatchback open, police said.
When police arrived one of the men was exiting the home headed to the car holding “a large butcher knife in his hand and the electrical wire he had cut to the AC unit,” Capt. Chris Young said in April.
At that time, Galbreath was arrested and placed under a $30,000 bond.
Once Galbreath was identified by police, sheriff’s deputies swore out warrants and simply waited for him to come to them.
“We had the warrants ready, and when Galbreth showed up for his probation visit, we arrested him,” Jacobs said.
Galbreath was charged with three counts of felony larceny and three counts of misdemeanor injury to personal property for the Gibson and Laurel Hill thefts. He is being held in the Scotland County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.
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