Police capture inmate who walked away from work detail

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By Amber Coulter

An inmate from the Hardin County Detention Center reported to have walked away Saturday morning from his work detail was captured Saturday night.

Anthony Dale Kelley, 25, of Berea, was found on Diecks Drive in Elizabethtown, according to Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Virgil Willoughby.

Kelley was on work detail at an Elizabethtown Independent Schools bus garage when he walked away for an unknown reason, said Lt. Robert Reynolds, an operations officer with the detention center.

He was discovered missing at about 11:45 a.m. and reported missing to law enforcement by his work detail supervisor three minutes later, Reynolds said.

He was being held on a parole violation.

He originally was convicted in Madison County of two counts of theft by unlawful taking greater than $500 and less than $10,000 and in Jackson County of second degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking greater than $500 and less than $10,000, Reynolds said.

He was scheduled to become eligible for parole in August 2014.

Kelley had been on work detail with the bus garage for three days, but he had done other work details without incident since arriving March 26 at the Hardin County Detention Center.

Reynolds said inmates who work in the community are overseen by work supervisors who go to biannual security briefings with jail staff members.

The briefings address issues such as not letting inmates have contact with the public, keeping inmates in sight and reporting any problems and strange or suspicious behavior, he said.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.