Facebook helps nab B&E suspects

Published 6:33 pm Friday, September 4, 2020

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GATESVILLE – Two women have been arrested and charged for their alleged roles in the breaking and entering and theft from a residence on Saunders Road in Gates County.

Gates County Sheriff Ray Campbell said 45-year-old Deborah Byrd of Gates along with Nikki Smith, age 22 of Gates, were arrested.

Deborah Byrd

The women were each charged with three felonies: breaking and/or entering, larceny after breaking/entering, and possession/receiving stolen property.

There were additional misdemeanor charges to include injury to real property.

Byrd was detained under a $19,500 unsecured bond while Smith was held under a $14,000 secured bond.

Nikki Smith

Both women are scheduled to make their initial appearances on Sept. 14 in Gates County Criminal District Court to answer the charges.

Campbell stated that the thefts occurred under the cover of darkness on two separate dates, Friday, Aug. 14 and Monday, Aug. 17. Several items were stolen, to include a vacuum cleaner and a pressure washer.

Surveillance video at the residence clearly showed two women. They arrived at the scene in a Dodge Charger with Virginia 30-day tags and a Ford Crown Victoria.

Campbell said he posted the images from the surveillance camera on the Facebook page of the Gates County Sheriff’s Office. He said that proved as a great investigative tool as the two women were identified and subsequently arrested.

“We got hits almost immediately after posting the photos on Facebook,” Campbell said.


About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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