Suspect caught on surveillance camera, arrested

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Images caught with a surveillance camera and posted on social media helped identify a burglary suspect.

The burglary was reported on Aug. 11, after the owner of a workshop on Shelton Pearson Road noticed several of his tools had been taken, said Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shane Tucker. The stolen tools included socket wrenches, a hammer and an impact wrench.

Tucker said a surveillance camera set up in the workshop captured an image of the suspect. One of the department’s narcotics agents thought the suspect looked like someone he had attended school with. The photo was posted on social media sites by Det. Randy Messa to seek the help of the community to positively identify the man, Tucker said.

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That posting, and a unique tattoo on the suspect’s body, helped identify the man as 29-year-old Christifer M. Torbert of 16 Kerry Lane, Carriere, who was arrested on Aug. 18, for the charge of commercial burglary. Tucker said.

Investigation into this case continues and Tucker expects more arrests as a result.