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MCTC inmate drives away from detail in SUV, cops say

August 13, 2004|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - An inmate serving 10 years for burglary at the Maryland Correctional Training Center stole a sport utility vehicle on Thursday while on work release at the Forty West Landfill and drove away, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

"He drove through a rear gate at the landfill and has not been seen since," Trooper 1st Class T. McDonough said.

McDonough said police were looking for inmate Floyd Middlebrook, 33, who had been assigned to do miscellaneous jobs at the landfill off U.S. 40 near Huyetts.

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Police said a landfill employee had parked his 2000 Ford Expedition, an Eddie Bauer Edition, adjacent to a maintenance shop Thursday morning. Middlebrook had been working near the shop, police said.

At about 11:15 a.m., the Expedition and Middlebrook were gone, police said.

McDonough said police think the employee left the keys in the Expedition.

Police found the rear gate of the landfill had been forcibly opened, according to a written statement from police.

McDonough declined to release the name of the landfill employee, because he didn't have permission from that person, he said.

Police believe the inmate left the county, McDonough said.

Police notified authorities in other jurisdictions to be on the lookout for Middlebrook.

McDonough described Middlebrook as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 173 pounds. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, a white skull cap, a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and brown boots, police said.

McDonough didn't say whether the public should fear the inmate but, "Anytime an inmate escapes, it should raise an eyebrow."

Washington County Solid Waste Director Robert Davenport said inmates work at the landfill daily doing jobs such as picking up litter and loading and unloading tires.

The inmates are supervised by a Maryland Division of Correction guard, he said.

Division of Correction Public Information Officer Priscilla Dogget did not return phone calls Thursday.

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