JONESVILLE - A Keokee man compounded his legal woes Friday when he briefly escaped custody while being booked on larceny charges, said Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons.
The sheriff said Jason Hale, 20, Route 1, Box 301, Keokee, was charged after he managed to obtain keys to the electronics department at Wal-Mart on March 18.
On March 27 he returned to the store and stole two Playstation machines, Parsons said. The theft was recorded on surveillance equipment, and Hale was arrested on charges of petit larceny for the key theft and grand larceny for the electronics theft. Hale had already been booked on the larceny charges, the magistrate had denied him bond, and he was awaiting transfer to the regional jail at Duffield when he dashed out the back door of the jail, said the sheriff.
Officers fanned out across town, and within an hour and a half Deputy Roger Gates was able to recapture Hale without incident in a subdivision behind Happy Mart. Additional charges of escape were placed against Hale, who is now in custody at the regional jail, still without bond, said Parsons.