LARGO — Authorities are looking for a 23-year-old felon who absconded from a work release program Thursday.
Pinellas County sheriff's deputies, including a canine unit, and police from other agencies are looking for Antoine Anderson, below right, who fled from the program at Goodwill Industries-Suncoast Inc. at 16432 U.S. Highway N sometime before 11 a.m., according to the Sheriff's Office.
Anderson was assigned to work release after convictions on burglary and dealing in stolen property, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Marianne Pasha.
A Goodwill employee who saw Anderson flee chased after him and flagged down a Largo police officer. Largo police contacted the Sheriff's Office because the facility is under the agency's jurisdiction in unincorporated Pinellas.
The Sheriff's Office was notified of the escape at 10:49 a.m. and was told Anderson had been gone for about five minutes, Pasha said.
Anderson is described as black, about 5-foot-10, 174 pounds, with short, cropped hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and dark-colored shorts, authorities said.
Authorities ask anyone with information about Anderson's whereabouts to call their local law enforcement agency or the state Department of Corrections at (850) 922-6867.