Polk Sheriff’s Department Searching For Escaped Trustee

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UPDATE – Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies located and arrested escaped trusty inmate 45-year-old Joseph Flanagin.

Flanagin was located in the Providence and Kathleen Road area of north Lakeland.  He is custody.  He faces charges of Escape and Grand Theft Auto.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies are conducting a search for inmate trusty, 45-year-old Joseph Flanagin of Lakeland. Flanagin was last seen by Polk County BoCC employee at 3:30 pm at the county’s fleet maintenance building located at 2490 Bob Phillips Road, in Bartow.  Flanagin took a white Ford pick-up truck but the truck has since been recovered.
Flanagin was arrested on September 22, 2016 charged with VOP Petit Theft 3rd Conviction, and was sentenced to 300 days in the county jail – he had already served 66 trusty days.

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.

This is an active an ongoing investigation, when there is additional information to release it will be forwarded via media alert.