Inmate who escaped from Randolph County Jail caught in Ohio

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Robert Lewis

RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ind. (June 17, 2015)— Authorities have captured an inmate who escaped from the Randolph County Jail early Monday morning.

Robert Lewis, 26, was found in Greenville, Ohio, approximately 20 minutes from the county, confirmed Sheriff Ken Hendrickson with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department.

Lewis was arrested in October, when he was accused of stealing almost $80,000 from Charlie Shaw, owner of the Winchester Speedway. According to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Lewis was cleaning the jail lobby when he ran out the front doors while a jail officer went to the bathroom to empty the trash.

According to RacingNews.co, the investigation began in September 2014 when Shaw reported that proceeds from the Labor Day race weekend were missing. Dean and his girlfriend, Briana Hawley, were later arrested in the case. Hawley had been a “trophy girl” at the speedway. Dean had worked for Astral Industries in Lynn, Ind., which is also owned by Shaw.

Police had received a tip that Hawley bought a new vehicle within days of the burglary at Shaw’s home. Dean was set to be sentenced in the case on June 25 and had been behind bars since his arrest.

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