Man accused of stealing multiple vehicles, taking deputies on high-speed chase
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says a man who stole multiple vehicles since December of 2019 has finally been apprehended.
Deputies report receiving a tip from an informant regarding 34-year-old David Chambliss; the informant said Chambliss spent his nights canvassing neighborhoods for vehicles with keys inside and when he found one, he'd steal the automobile and switch its license plate.
Deputies report learning that Chambliss frequented a home on Firelight Avenue in the Broadmoor/Sherwood Forest area, so they went to the home and found a stolen vehicle parked outside.
Unfortunately, they did not find Chambliss.
According to a police report, one of the individuals who'd had their car stolen told deputies his debit card was in the stolen vehicle.
Officials say they were able to trace the stolen debit card to Chambliss when he used it at a Shell gas station.
They also report watching surveillance footage from the Shell station, and seeing Chambliss use the stolen card.
At this point, deputies learned that Chambliss was homeless and realized this was why they'd had difficulty catching up with him since December.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, due to a tip from an anonymous caller, deputies located Chambliss at a Red Roof Inn hotel as he was getting into a white Ford F150 truck while a woman started to get into the passenger seat.
Deputies say they attempted to confront Chambliss, but once he saw them coming he sped off so quickly the woman in the passenger seat fell out of truck as he sped away.
Later that day, the Joint Fugitive Task Force reported catching up with Chambliss at a B-Quik on Greenwell Springs Road.
He was arrested on charges that included three counts of theft of a motor vehicle and one count of access device fraud.