Augusta inmate who walked away from work duty caught in north Georgia

The inmate who police said escaped from work duty Monday has been caught.

Charles Moore, 24, was apprehended about 6 p.m. Tuesday in Bartow County, Ga., Richmond County Department of Corrections Warden Evan Joseph said.

Joseph said he believes Moore arranged for someone to meet him at his work-duty assignment at Westview Cemetery around 8:45 a.m. Monday, which was how he was able to slip away from the guards.

The jail’s fugitive squad tracked him to a house in Cartersville, where he was arrested. Joseph said he will be sent back to Richmond County to face an extra charge of escape, which will add to his current 10-year sentence for theft by receiving stolen property and drug charges from Chatham and Bulloch counties.

He will also be sent to a maximum-security facility, most likely the Georgia Diagnostic Correctional Center in Jackson, Joseph said.

Joseph said he is still investigating the circumstances of Moore’s escape, but he believes a cellphone was involved. He said contraband cellphones are a problem in the state, and one was also involved in another escape six months ago.

He said he is reviewing both cases to see if there are any broader changes in the system that need to be made.

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