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An anonymous tip and a joint surveillance operation led to the April 27 arrests of two men wanted for burglary in Georgia.
A group of Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tracked down and arrested Travis Christopher Cason, 25, of Evans, Ga., and Eric Andrew Chambers, 26, no address available, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
According to the Richmond County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Office online inmate database, both Cason and Chambers were wanted for first-degree burglary. Both men were also listed as wanted in the National Criminal Information Center, the report said.
Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Tuesday, April 30, it all began when someone anonymously called a crime tip hotline in Georgia and provided information about the two men.
“They told them where these two individuals were and then the folks from Georgia called us,” Faile said.
Using the information from the tip, authorities found the men at a home in the 8600 block of Possum Hollow Road in Indian Land on April 26, the sheriff’s report said.
“Our guys set up some surveillance and got search warrants,” Faile said. “The Georgia folks came down and helped get the search warrants so we’d be able to get them.”
The two men were arrested and taken to the Lancaster County Detention Center awaiting transfer back to Georgia by Richmond County deputies, the report said.
Neither man had appeared before a judge on Wednesday, May 1, and there was no bond information available, per detention center records.
Faile credited the public’s help in finding the two men and lauded the teamwork between his office and Georgia authorities to put the two men behind bars.
The first-degree burglary charge was not Cason’s first run-in with Georgia authorities.
According to the Richmond County (Georgia) Superior Court Clerk online judicial database, Cason pleaded guilty in June 2009 to driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration and improper stopping on a roadway.
A Dec. 24, 2009, article on The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle website said Cason received 14 days in jail, 12 months probation and a fine of $941.
As part of his sentencing he was also ordered to perform 30 days of community service, undergo clinical evaluation for substance abuse, have an ignition interlock device installed, surrender any and all license plates, pay a $25 photo fee and attend a risk-reduction program, per the newspaper’s website.
There were no previous criminal charges for Chambers listed in the Richmond County judicial database.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416