Escaped inmate worker back in custody, police say

The inmate was last seen traveling on Highway 58 in Roane County.
The inmate was last seen traveling on Highway 58 in Roane County.
Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 11:00 PM EST
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MONROE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday that an inmate worker that escaped Friday was back in custody.

On Friday, Nov. 18, Ricky Lynn Burnette was assigned to the Monroe County Maintenance Department as an inmate worker. While on the job, he stole a 1997 silver Ford Ranger single cab truck with Tennessee tag 021BFVH and fled the scene, Sheriff Tommy Jones said.

Burnette was considered armed and dangerous because the maintenance employee had two personal handguns inside the truck when it was stolen, according to Jones.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, Jones said Burnette had been apprehended in Knox County. He was wanted for felony escape and motor vehicle theft.

“The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all of the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that assisted in helping locate Mr. Burnette,” Jones said.

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Posted by Sheriff Tommy Jones on Friday, November 18, 2022