THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) - After being on the run for almost a week, two Thomas county inmates are now back behind bars.
On November 17th, the U.S. Marshals, multiple K-9 units, and around 80 law enforcement officers surrounded the area near Boat Ramp Road in Thomas county; all in search of 28 year old Joshua Fountain and 37 year old James Waldron. Just three days later, fountain was captured in Telfair county. Less then 24 hours after that, Waldron was captured in Dublin.
Both men are being charged with escaping, which could mean an additional 1 to 5 years behind bars. In addition, Waldron could face charges related to vehicle theft for stealing a car at a dealership in Moultrie.
The warden at the Thomas county prison, Robert Greer, says they're trying to make sure a situation like this never happens again, "we had a brief talk...and we all are aware of how this could have been prevented and we're taking precautions to keep this from happening again."
Greer also added that he thinks its in large part due to the public's help that they were able to locate the two inmates, "the public helped us out a lot spotting and calling in tips...I tell you in my 25 years, I have never seen such a huge turnout for a double escape."