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Chatham County jail fugitive arrested

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

A man accused of using another inmate's identification to walk free from the Chatham County Detention Center on Thursday night has been arrested.

The U.S. Marshal Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Chatham County Sheriff's Office arrested Ricardo Sean Chambers just before 5 p.m. Monday.

He was spotted in downtown Savannah and followed to Hardeeville, where he was arrested along U.S. Highway 17, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office. 

Chambers, 30, stole another inmate's ID wristband and used that inmate's personal information to be discharged from the Chatham County jail at about 7 p.m. Thursday, according to the sheriff's office. The wristband was in another inmate's cell. 

Sheriff Al St. Lawrence says the office has launched an internal investigation to find out how the inmate escaped.

"These people sit in the jail 24 hours a day and they don't have anything to do but think of ways to scam us. We usually are pretty good at not allowing that to occur. As far as I'm concerned, it is not going to happen again," Sheriff St. Lawrence said.

Chambers was in jail on charges of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. There was also a hold on Chambers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

He is being held at the Jasper County jail and will be extradited on Tuesday to Chatham County.  He is being charged with escape and false statements and writings.

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