A Georgia inmate who was captured on Sunday, after escaping from a halfway house in Augusta last month, is facing charges in Aiken for crimes he allegedly committed while on the run, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Robert McClellan, 36, escaped from the Augusta Transitional Center on Taylor Street early on April 28, according to previous news reports.
McClellan was arrested in Rockdale County, Georgia, on Sunday after numerous residents called 911 to report a suspicious man running through their yards in his underwear, according to a statement from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.
While searching the area for the suspicious man, deputies located a truck that had been reported stolen from Aiken on Friday.
The truck had been left unlocked with the keys in the ignition on Wildwood Avenue, according to an Aiken Public Safety report.
Officers wrote that they had been looking for McClellan, who had been spotted in the area, the report stated.
Officers were called back to the home after the residents located several beer cans and a pair of khaki shorts in the backyard, police said.
It appeared that McClellan had been on the property “for some time” before taking the vehicle, police said.
McClellan will be charged with grand larceny for stealing the vehicle, according to Lt. Jake Mahoney, a spokesman for Aiken Public Safety. He is also accused in the burglary of an Aiken gas station earlier on Friday.
Officers responded to an alarm at the Murphy Express gas station on Richland Avenue about 4 a.m. on Friday, according to a report. A glass door had been busted with a large rock.
Surveillance footage showed the unknown suspect in the store with his face covered and stealing cigarettes, the report stated.
Bloodhounds tracked a scent to a nearby motel, where several people said they purchased cigarettes from a man in room 123.
Officers knocked on the door and the suspect, David Allen Rogers, answered, police said.
A cardboard box with an “unknown, large” amount of cigarettes was in plain view. Rogers was then taken into custody.
Mahoney said McClellan will be charged with burglary. The report did not indicate how or when Rogers obtained the cigarettes from McClellan, police said.
According to prison records, McClellan was serving time for theft charges in Burke County and robbery charges in Gwinnett County.
Teddy Kulmala covers crime and courts for Aiken Standard.
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