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McDuffie escapee captured in north Georgia

Thursday, July 29, 2010 7:15 PM
Last updated 8:09 PM
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THOMSON --- A state prison inmate who stole a pickup while on a work detail last week in McDuffie County has been captured.

Tommy Ray Woodruff was caught late Tuesday near Cartersville, north of Atlanta, according to McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Major Ronnie Williamson.

The 30-year-old Woodruff had been serving time at the Pre-Release Center in Wilkes County before stealing a truck belonging to the McDuffie County Roads and Bridges Department and fleeing.

Police found the truck abandoned behind a building in downtown Gainesville earlier this week.

Williamson said Woodruff was caught by members of a federal fugitive squad, working with the Georgia Department of Corrections. When authorities closed in, Woodruff ran and jumped into a pond before being caught, officials said.

Woodruff now faces charges of escape, theft of a motor vehicle and interference with government property in McDuffie County, Williamson said. He is being held at Phillips State Prison in Buford, Ga.

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themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 07/29/10 - 06:50 pm
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I think he should get first

I think he should get first prize in the Dumbest Crook contest.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 07/29/10 - 08:15 pm
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He should have stolen a leaf

He should have stolen a leaf blower an started using it. The law can't hassle illegals.

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 07/29/10 - 08:23 pm
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Right on CRACKERJACK!!!!! God

Right on CRACKERJACK!!!!! God Bless America and ALL those who want to come here LEGALLY.........

mindaz
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mindaz 07/29/10 - 08:37 pm
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Jumped in a pond?! Yup. If I

Jumped in a pond?! Yup. If I were looking to escape from the Popo, I would definitely jump in a pond. They will never catch up with me there. Genius.

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