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Bagel truck found; inmate still on loose

Posted July 13, 2009

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— Authorities on Monday recovered the escape vehicle used by a felon on work release, but the man is still on the loose.

Roderick Lee Baldwin, 45, was working at Bagels on the Hill, at 630 Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill Friday when he stole $330 and drove away from the restaurant in a box truck, police said.

Keith Acree, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Correction, said the truck was found at a truck stop near the Orange and Alamance county line.

Baldwin, who was serving a maximum 15-year sentence, is from Chapel Hill and has family living there, Acree said.

Anyone who has seen the truck or Baldwin should call local law enforcement or the Orange Correctional Center at 919-732-9301.

Baldwin had worked 20 to 30 hours a week at the bagel shop since March 2009. Acting Orange County DOC Superintendent Armstead Hodges said Baldwin was quiet, courteous and "followed all the rules."

His expected release date was June 4, 2011, and he has committed nine infractions while in prison, all before 2005, according to DOC records.


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  • whatchoo_sayin Jul 13, 2009

    In the interest of public safety, there should be a requirement for the establishment to post a sign on their front door saying, "WARNING - convicted habitual felon on premises" - I mean seriously, what if he had killed someone? They put him in freakin' bagel shop, and nobody knows for sure what he's gonna do. What the heck is prison FOR anyway??

  • Caveman93 Jul 13, 2009

    I hope he didn't hurt the Onion Bagels.

  • djofraleigh Jul 13, 2009

    This guy is going by emotion not intellect. IF he was going to check on family, why didn't he just call a taxi and not steal a truck? He could have taken 40 bucks and no one would have called the law. Just NOT smart enough to work within the bounds of reality.

  • Big Mike Jul 13, 2009

    Too much Asiago....!!!!

  • The Fox Jul 13, 2009

    It was the poppy seeds that got to him.

  • GWALLY Jul 13, 2009

    Two years left and a bagel truck was his undoing....I don't think this guy actually WANTS to be on the outside!!!

    ...."They should check the rally for Frank Ballance. He's probably there."... LMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • lissarra Jul 13, 2009

    Exactly my thoughts, Nathanius. It's a shame he couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. I agree, kb2iys. All we have is Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins.

  • PaulRevere Jul 13, 2009

    Am I jaded or is this not even shocking? It would be more newsworthy if the dude actually worked out his sentence.

  • greywolf30 Jul 13, 2009

    true sign of tax payer dollars, bring back chain gang!!!!!!!! Plenty of trash to pick up!!!

  • nathanius Jul 13, 2009

    WOW, That was a bright idea to escape from work release. Mr. Baldwin only had 2 more years on a 15 year sentence, with no infractions since 2005 he may have gotten out before then. Now he will be charged with escape, grand theft auto, and larceny for the money he took. Also, he's not going to get work release again since he has 2 escapes on his record.