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Greenville homeowner finds burglary suspect in backyard shed

James Smith (Source: Greenville Co. Detention Center) James Smith (Source: Greenville Co. Detention Center)

It didn't take long to realize something just didn't seem right behind the Gambrell family home and in a shed on Conley Street in Greenville County.

"Yeah, it was very scary," Darald Gambrell said.

On Monday morning, Gambrell said his son walked toward the shed to do laundry when he heard something. That's when his son told him about the noise and Gambrell walked to the building.

"I yelled for the guy, I said, 'Hey, you need to come out of here,' and then I heard him cough," Gambrell said.

He said the cough turned to silence, and that's when Gambrell picked up a phone, called 911 and picked up a pistol.

"They came out here with the guns drawn, and next thing I know, the K-9 unit was out here," Gambrell said.

Gambrell said after several calls to the man from deputies to come out, a K-9 dragged a man from the shed. According to warrants, that man is James Smith, 44.

"Very concerning, I mean, I don't wish it on anybody," Gambrell said.

He said inside, investigators found an opened frozen pizza box and a half eaten container of gumbo, which Gambrell said came from their freezer. They believe Smith made the shed his home.

"I'm not sure how long, but I think he's been in there for a while," Gambrell said.

He said he recognized Smith because Smith had broken into his shed before about two years ago.

"I said his name is James Smith," Gambrell said. "It was very scary."

So now the pistol is packed away and Smith is no longer hanging out on Conley Street.

"He's down on McGee Street, so that's where he's at," Gambrell said with a smile.

McGee Street is the address to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office and the detention center. Smith faced a judge Monday night during a bond hearing.

He was charged with first-degree burglary, petit larceny, possession of meth, cruelty to a police dog and resisting arrest. A judge denied his bond.

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