Escapee captured; suspect in patrol car theft also behind bars

James Earl Jenkins, who escaped from a prison work detail in Decatur County around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, was captured at 7:52 p.m. within Bainbridge city limits.

According to Bainbridge Public Safety, Jenkins was found on the 1200 block of Water Street. He has been returned to the Decatur County Prison.

Sheriff Wiley Griffin credited the following agencies in conducting a search and capture:

Thanks to Warden Elijah McCoy and his Correction Officers, Bainbridge Public Safety, Georgia State Patrol, Apalachee Correctional Institute, Jackson County Corrections, Georgia Probation Officers, Georgia Department of Public Safety Officers, and Decatur County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators.

Suspect arrested in connection with theft of police patrol car

Also on Monday night, Bainbridge Public Safety announced the arrest of a suspect in the theft of a BPS patrol car.

According to BPS, James Keith Lee of Bainbridge was arrested as part of their investigation of the theft.

No further details were available Monday night.

Suspect in 5 LaGrange deaths arrested

In another post, we mentioned some speculation that Thomas Jesse Lee, the suspect in five deaths in Lagrange, Ga., over the weekend, might have made his way to Bainbridge and stole the patrol car.

Thomas Lee was also captured on Monday. Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin, who is president of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association, congratulated his colleague in Troup County:

Congratulations to Sheriff James Woodruff of Troup County. Thomas Lee has been arrested in Tupelo, Mississippi. An alert pastor of a church recognized Lee after helping him by buying him a bus ticket to Alabama. The pastor alerted Law Enforcement. Sheriff Woodruff also gave credit to social media for getting Lee’s picture and info out to the public. Great job Facebook.

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