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Police catch escapee from Tarpon Springs work-release center

TARPON SPRINGS — Police have arrested a felon who went missing earlier this month from a work-release facility.

Anthony Pruitt, 22, escaped Jan. 18 from the state-run center on Brady Road in Tarpon Springs, according to police.

He was arrested Saturday afternoon, Pinellas County Jail records show — caught, according to St. Petersburg police, at the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant at 1024 58th St. N.

No further information was available about the circumstances of his arrest, though charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance have been entered against the escapee.

A representative for the Department of Corrections, which has led the search for Pruitt, could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Pruitt had been serving a sentence for burglary, grand theft and cocaine possession, according to records from the Florida Department of Corrections. He had been incarcerated in 2011 and was scheduled for release in April, an arrest affidavit filed Sunday states.

Pruitt was being held without bail at the Pinellas County Jail.

Police catch escapee from Tarpon Springs work-release center 01/27/13 [Last modified: Sunday, January 27, 2013 1:49pm]
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