Century Man Convicted Of Burglary Of An Occupied Home

March 13, 2018

A Century man is facing up to 30 years in prison after being convicted in connection with a burglary in the Wawbeek community.

Curtis Matthew Capers was found guilty of burglary of an occupied dwelling. He will be sentenced in early April by Judge Gary Bergosh.

Capers was the alleged getaway driver for Vernon Lambeth of Century in the burglary of a home on Highway 168. Lambeth was  previously sentenced to 17 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of 10 years.

In October 2016, a woman returned to her home  on Highway 168 near Wawbeek Road in the Wawbeek community west of Century and found Lambeth inside.

“I noticed some things were out of place, and then there he (Lambeth) was, standing in the hallway looking at me,” the victim told NorthEscambia.com on the day of the incident. She said she returned quickly to her 21-month old child, who was outside in a vehicle. Lambeth ran outside with the woman giving chase in her vehicle until he entered a nearby wooded area.

A K-9 team from Century Correctional Institution was able to track the Lambeth  down and take him into custody near Wawbeek Road

Capers was seen leaving in the area in an older model green SUV with bullet holes. The vehicle was located in Alabama just north of the state line on Sam Jones Road, about two miles from the burglary. A K-9 was able to track Lambeth down; he had attempted to conceal himself with roofing tiles in an abandoned barn. A pillowcase that contained stolen items from the home on Highway 168 was also located. And Capers was positively identified by the burglary victim.

Capers was taken into custody in Alabama and later extradited back to Florida.

Lambeth was also convicted of charges related to burglaries on Rockaway Creek Road in Escambia County, FL, and a home on North Pineville Road.

Pictured above and below: The manhunt following burglary on Highway 168 in October 2016. Pictured immediately below: Vernon Lambeth is taken into custody. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


One Response to “Century Man Convicted Of Burglary Of An Occupied Home”

  1. Charlotte on March 13th, 2018 8:57 am

    Another one bites the dust. Good job police department, and especially a good job of those adorable sniffing pooches.

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