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Inmate recaptured after stealing prison van, escaping

Posted January 28, 2021 1:57 p.m. EST
Updated January 28, 2021 3:00 p.m. EST

Dennis P. Neumann

— An inmate who escaped from Sanford Correctional Center early Thursday was recaptured about three hours later, authorities said.

Dennis P. Neumann was seen leaving the minimum-security prison, at 417 Prison Camp Road in Sanford, at about 5:30 a.m. Authorities said he stole a prison van, which police later found abandoned about 3 miles away, on Halifax Street.

Sanford police said Neumann, 37, then broke into and tried to steal a vehicle on Summitt Drive

He was captured at about 8:30 a.m. by police as a K-9 team closed in on him in Kiwanis Family Park in Sanford, authorities said.

Originally from the Asheville area, Neumann was convicted in Catawba County in 2019 on a charge of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and was scheduled to be released in May. He now faces charges of escape, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle.

His criminal record dates to 2005 and includes convictions for breaking and entering, larceny and credit card theft, according to state Department of Public Safety records.

DPS is investigating how he escaped.

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