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Fayetteville police arrest 'surveillance cam poser'

Posted August 20, 2010

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— Police said Friday that a man seen waving to a security camera in a Fayetteville church has been charged with stealing from the church.

Ted Duane Balliett, 21, who is homeless, was charged with breaking and entering a house of worship, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

Eddie Beddingfield, pastor of First Baptist Church, said Balliett asked the church secretary last week if he could park his bike at the church so nobody would steal it while he went to the library.

"When he left, he waved at us to thank us," Beddingfield said.

Balliett apparently returned to the church, in the 200 block of Anderson Street, on Sunday, after services were over and everyone had left, the minister said.

"We have him on some of our security videos in different areas of the church," he said, including riding his bike through a hallway.

"It's actually kind of humorous that he would come back and commit a felony," Beddingfield said.

Ted Duane Balliett Hamming it up leads to man's arrest

On Monday, church staff members noticed that a $4,000 video projector was missing, and Fayetteville police released a series of surveillance images of Balliett mugging for the church security camera to generate leads on his identity and whereabouts.

Police dubbed him the "surveillance cam poser" and an "attention-starved subject" in news releases about the case.

"In my opinion, it's kind of a stupid move," police spokesman Dan Grubb said of posing for the security camera. "He didn't seem as excited in the mugshot as he did in the surveillance shot."

Officers arrested Balliett Thursday night in another church parking lot.

"I don't know if he's just targeting churches or not," Grubb said.

Balliett was being held Friday in the Cumberland County Detention Center under $5,000 bond. Grubb said he surrendered the projector, which officers returned to the church.

Beddingfield said the church has forgiven Balliett.

"God is a God of second chances, and we believe that," he said. "We don't hold grudges."

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  • reeceeyarnell Aug 20, 2010

    I think the Angola Prison in Louisiana has it right. They have chain gangs and they work. Period. Even if what they're doing is something useless like digging holes and filling them up again, they're not sitting around watching cable in the air conditioned "canteen" smoking cigarettes, playing cards & waiting on their next free meal. This state has a lot of work it needs done and we sit around negotiating contracts for companies to do it. Start awarding the contracts to the ones that can cut cost by putting prisoners to work on their crews. Take the extra money saved and put it into the educational system and juvenile justice system and keep the children from developing into career criminals and the return on your investment will be priceless! If they want to eat and have paper to wipe their hineys, they should be made to work. How are those for prisoner's rights!

  • oleguy Aug 20, 2010

    We spent too much on inmate care, I could do prison time, free food, medical, free gym, TV,,, easy schedule, no work unless I want too,
    Of course I do like my free time,, and I have not come up with a crime I really want to do, but I have thought about it,
    Keep your powder dry and a hole dug

  • jkrmeme Aug 20, 2010

    vsusu2002 - you are so right.. when I was growing up in the country I remember the prisoners coming by my house cleaning off the ditch banks with chains on their legs and sitting on the ditch bank eating pork and beans from a tin plate...so if they were made to work (even if it were busting rocks or digging holes and then filling them up)for their meals, etc. you would not see so many in prison

    and to hereandnow99 the reason not to just let him go ... if you are familiar with the Ten Commandments one says: Thou shalt not steal and one says Thou shalt not covet any thing that is to thy neighbors.

  • bobbythreesticks Aug 20, 2010

    Now he's got a roof over his head, a bed, 3 squares, and cable tv. What an upgrade from being homeless, now us tax payers get to take care of him.

  • nagreene Aug 20, 2010

    "Hello Police, I want to go to jail".

  • Weetie Aug 20, 2010

    Gingertea, I had not thought about that but I bet you are right. I even heard a person say (some years ago) they "faired better in jail than they did out..." I couldn't believe it when he said it...

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 20, 2010

    Does man's law of "breaking and entering" even apply to a church? Don't churches subscribe to "god's law" and then they have weekly get-togethers where they say, out loud for everyone to hear, "...as we forgive those who trespass against us..." I mean, what biblical reason do they have to not just let this guy go?

  • seankelly15 Aug 20, 2010

    sniperdiver - You were in Iraq in 1989? Doing what?

  • SaltlifeLady Aug 20, 2010

    krazykristie06- sadly, this guy could have been homeless for a while. I know kids who were kicked out before the age of 18 and the parents didnt care where they were, or how they have been since. Its sad.... some parents jsut decide they are tired of being parents and dont care where the kids end up. The parents just go on with their lives like the kid never existed.

  • vsusu2002 Aug 20, 2010

    ah, he wanted to get caught. i guess even jail is better than living on the streets.
    GingerTea

    You are right. I worked in a prison for a few years and you would be surprised to see how many inmates do not want to go home. I have seen inmates leave prison and come back in a year (sometimes less) and they appear to be comfortable with prison life. That is why I wish that being incarcerated was more of a punishment than a luxury. I am not saying treat inmates like animals but all the weights, cable tv, being able to order from outside vendors and etc. shouldn't be allowed in the prison system. This guy wanted to get caught.

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