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Inmate recaptured after escape in bagel truck

Posted July 14, 2009

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— An acquaintance recognized Roderick Lee Baldwin and turned him in to authorities Tuesday, four days after he escaped from a work release program at a Chapel Hill bagel shop.

Baldwin, 45, was working at Bagels on the Hill, at 630 Weaver Dairy Road, 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 Monday at a truck stop near the Orange and Alamance county line.

The Division of Prisons’ Fugitive Squad picked Baldwin up at 3:12 p.m. Tuesday at a Durham apartment complex and returned him to Orange Correctional Center.

Baldwin had worked 20 to 30 hours a week at the bagel shop since March 2009.

He was serving a maximum 15-year sentence with an expected release date was June 4, 2011, before his escape.

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  • ncguy Jul 15, 2009

    This guy was in brown and now he's headed back to central-
    brilliant just brilliant.

  • dmccall Jul 14, 2009

    Now THIS is the behavior our brilliant governor should be taxing. HE should be the one shouldering the additional burden of our government.

  • larieke Jul 14, 2009

    So what's the penalty for escape from prison? A slap on the wrist?

  • Duke _Nukem Jul 14, 2009

    When he was captured he had put on 15 lbs. LOL

  • eagle_51 Jul 14, 2009

    ....no two weeks notice??? LOL

  • Just the facts mam Jul 14, 2009

    Must have run out of money...