- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says an inmate who escaped from a West Palm Beach area prison has been captured in New York City.

The Palm Beach Post (https://pbpo.st/1i4kepQ ) reports New York City police arrested 53-year-old Philip Peletz as he tried to leave an Abercrombie & Fitch store Aug. 21 with more than $1,400 in merchandise. He’d been on the run for 17 days.

According to state law enforcement officials, Peletz remains in a New York City jail where he’s being held without bail. He was serving time in Florida for various thefts and was set for release in 2018.

Peletz escaped the low security Loxahatchee Road Prison Aug. 4. K-9 units tracked him for hours along a two-lane road where he was seen getting into a pickup truck.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, https://www.pbpost.com

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