Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies locate, arrest escaped inmate

Posted at 8:18 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 07:40:08-05

UPDATE | Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies located and arrested Joseph Flanagin in the Providence and Kathleen Road area north of Lakeland. He is in custody and faces charges of Escape and Grand Theft Auto. 

ORIGINAL STORY | Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for an escaped inmate in Bartow.

45-year-old Joseph Flanagin of Lakeland was last seen by a BOCC employee at the county's fleet maintenance building located at 2490 Bob Phillips Road at 3:30 p.m.

Officials say Flanagin was working as a trustee when he took a white Ford pick-up truck. That truck has since been recovered.

Flanagain is described as being a white male, six feet tall and weighing approximately 180-200 pounds. He has brown hair color with a shaved head and hazel eyes. Flanagin is wanted for vehicle theft, and escape.

Flanagin was arrested on September 22 and charged with Violation of Probation Petit Theft 3rd Conviction. He was sentenced to 300 days in the county jail, where he had already served 66 trusty days.

If you see Flanagin or have any information concerning this case please call 911 or the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

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