Christopher Blevins in a booking mug, and on surveillance video from a convenience store in Sharon Springs, Kansas. (Berry County Sheriff; Wallace County Sheriff)

A prisoner who escaped through a hole in a Missouri jail’s ceiling was caught Wednesday in Wyoming, driving what was apparently at least the third truck he had stolen on his 1,000-mile journey.

Christopher Blevins in a booking mug, and on surveillance video from a convenience store in Sharon Springs, Kansas. (Berry County Sheriff; Wallace County Sheriff) 

Christopher Allen Blevins, 37, surrendered after a short chase west of Casper, said police in Mills, Wyo.

Five years ago, Blevins was accused of a similar escapade in which he and a young woman allegedly went on a three-state spree of auto theft and burglaries.

This time around, he was one of three men who on Friday broke a hole in the plaster ceiling of the Barry County Jail, in Cassville, crawled to a water heater storage area and left through a maintenance door. The two other men remain at large.

Law enforcement officials followed the reports of stolen vehicles.

1. On the night of the escape, a farm truck was stolen on Y Highway, a county road near Cassville, in Missouri’s southwest corner. That truck was found abandoned in Kansas, and its theft is believed to be associated with the escape.

2. A maroon GMC Yukon was reported stolen Saturday out of Saline County, Kansas, about 300 miles west of Cassville.

3. On Sunday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies in Wallace County, Kansas, discovered the stolen Yukon outside a convenience store in Sharon Springs, about 230 miles west of where it had been stolen. Also that afternoon, they learned that a gold Dodge Ram had been stolen in a neighborhood about a quarter-mile from the convenience store. Deputies found video of a man and woman who had been in the Yukon, and they determined the man was Blevins.

4. On Wednesday around 11:20 a.m., law enforcement officers in Wyoming’s Natrona County were told the Dodge Ram was at the Ghost Town Truck Stop on the Old West Yellowstone Highway near Mills.

When officers arrived at the truck stop, the Ram’s driver fled east on the frontage road, briefly reaching speeds over 80 mph. After about two minutes, he pulled over and was taken into custody without incident.

A woman with him was released, though Mills police said she may still face charges related to auto theft.

Blevins had been in the Barry County Jail while awaiting trial on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting a lawful stop.

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Source:: The Mercury News

      

Man who fled through jail’s ceiling is caught 1,000 miles away in third stolen truck

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