Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster has announced that a suspect in custody for the break in to several churches in Newberry County. Sheriff Foster said that investigators were able to locate physical evidence from one of scenes in Newberry County and discovered a positive match of the suspect’s DNA from the crime scene.
Sheriff Foster said that Terrance Leonard Chislom, 38, has been taken into custody in Aiken County at his probation Agent’s office and is on the way to the Newberry County Detention Center. When he was arrested, additional evidence was found linking the suspect to the crimes.
“We praise our investigators who had the expertise, training, and experience to properly collect and submit this evidence,” said Sheriff Foster. “We also commend the State Law Enforcement Division and their labs for making this match.”
Sheriff Foster said Chisolm will be charged with 5 church burglaries in Newberry County.
Chisolm has a prior history that includes Burglary, Larceny, and Forgery. He is believed to be involved in related church burglaries in Fairfield and Chester counties as well. During the course of the investigation Fairfield and Newberry County determined that the method of operation were similar in church burglaries spreading across both counties.
Sheriff Foster said that the close working relationships with surrounding counties was imperative and such communication and arrests are proof of the benefits of such relationships.
Additional updates will be issued as more information becomes available.