Cameras catch convicted burglar hitting good Samaritans

Chester Chad Kellum
By: 
STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer


A 41-year-old convicted burglar is jailed again after surveillance video shows him taking advantage of some Good Samaritans who were trying to help him get on his feet.


Chester Chad Kellum was arrested at about midnight Thursday in the parking lot of Fred's on Main Street in West Point, not far from the home he is accused of burglarizing.


The residents returned home June 27 and discovered a locked bedroom had been broken into and a laptop computer and other items taken.

A car in the yard also had been burglarized.

The residents had hired Kellum to watch the house and take care of their pets and their surveillance cameras showed him breaking into both areas which were off limits to him, according to West Point Police Det. Ramirez Ivy.


Investigators had been looking for Kellum when they got a tip where they might find him late Thursday night.


Kellum was aware of the surveillance system, Ivy said.
The stolen items have not been recovered.
Detectives are checking to see if Kellum is linked to any of several other burglaries in the areas within a few blocks of East Street, Ivy said.


"This is another case where surveillance cameras made a difference. You hate to have to do it, but it's the best way to protect your property and to stop crime," Ivy said, noting it's the third burglary case this month where surveillance cameras have led to arrests. "They are relatively inexpensive and we recommend everyone get them.


"This was a case where the victims were aware of his background and were trying to help him out and he took advantage of them," the detective added.
Kellum was paroled July 5, 2017, after serving part of a 20-year sentence for burglary.


According to Clay County Circuit Court records, he was arrested in late 2011 and indicted in April 2012 on three counts of burglary and one count of grand larceny for break ins at homes or properties owned by Dwayne Bigham, Belton Harpole and Kim White in October and November 2011 in which guns, coins, power tools and other items were taken.
While in the Clay County Jail, he was caught with a cell phone and was charged with possessing contraband in the jail.


He pleaded guilty on Jan. 25, 2016 and was sentenced to 25 years with five years suspended, leaving 20 to serve. He also was ordered to spend five years on post-release supervision.


He was given credit for the time he'd been in jail and was paroled last year.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections has put a hold on him for the new charges and his parole could be revoked and he returned to prison.

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