Escaped Polk inmate captured

Inmate leaves work detail in stolen truck

POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies captured escaped inmate Joseph Flanagin Friday morning.

Deputies located Flanagin in the area of Providence Road and Kathleen Road in north Lakeland.

Flanagin was reported escaped after he was last seen at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the county's fleet maintenance building located at the 2400th block of Bob Phillips Road, in Bartow. Flanagin took a white Ford pick-up truck but the truck has since been recovered.

Flanagin was arrested on September 22, 2016 and charged with Violation of Probation Petit Theft 3rd Conviction, and was sentenced to 300 days in the county jail. He will face new charges related to the escape and the vehicle theft.

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