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CCSO: Inmate uses wrong ID band to walk free

Ricardo Sean Chambers (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office) Ricardo Sean Chambers (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)

A search is on for an inmate walked out of the Chatham County Detention Center on Thursday night.

Ricardo Sean Chambers, 30, stole another inmate's identification wristband at about 7 p.m. Thursday and used that person's information to get through discharge procedures and leave the jail, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office. The CCSO's fugitive squad, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Marshal Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is searching for Chambers. 

The wristband was in another inmate's cell. Chambers was in jail on charges of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. He was a hold on Chambers from ICE, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office has issued a warrant for Chambers' arrest on charges of escape and false statements and writings.

Chambers is known to frequent the area of Covington Avenue in Garden City and he last worked at Island Breeze on Montgomery Street.

Investigators believe the inmate whose ID band was stolen was not involved and was released at about 12 p.m. Friday, according to the sheriff's office. That inmate was in jail on misdemeanor charges including loitering, littering, obstruction and possession of a drug-related object. 

The Chatham County Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs division is investigating the inmate's escape. The jail's inmate discharge procedures are being reviewed by the sheriff and command staff.

Investigators are also looking into how one inmate was able to remove his identification wristband and how Chambers was able to get that inmate's personal information and be discharged.

Anyone with details about Chambers' whereabouts can call the CCSO at 912.652.7693, or call 911 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at 912.234.2020.

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