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Bagel truck found; inmate still on loose

Posted July 13, 2009 3:31 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2009 3:46 p.m. EDT

— 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.