Freshly Released Prisoner Allegedly Steals Crown Vic from Jail Parking Lot

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Released Prisoner Steals Car from Jail Parking LotMorgan County Sheriff's Office / Facebook

An Alabama man was arrested last week after stealing a government-owned ride from the parking lot of the jail he was just freed from following over a year of incarceration, police say.

Andrew Joseph Chenoweth, 33, of Vinemont, Alabama was released from jail last Thursday after spending 568 days in custody for burglary, possession, and traffic charges. Upon his release, he allegedly stole a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria from the jail parking lot. The car belonged to the corrections department.

A jail Lieutenant witnessed the car theft and was able to follow the vehicle. The Lieutenant notified area units and the car was quickly recovered on 6th Ave in Decatur, which is only about a mile and a half from the jail. He was quickly captured and taken back into custody, per the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.