Crenshaw County escapee still at large

Published 3:00 am Friday, January 9, 2015

A Crenshaw County inmate is still at large almost a week after escaping the Crenshaw County Jail in the early morning hours Friday, Jan. 2.

According to investigator Ashley Paul with the Crenshaw County Sheriff Office, Paul Holley used a piece of cardboard to prop open a door at the facility and escaped through a fence in the recreation yard.

“We don’t have any new leads at this time right now,” Paul said. “We are still searching for him.”

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Holley was originally taken into custody Nov. 24 after a state trooper discovered the vehicle Holley was driving was stolen. Holley confessed during an later interview to a burglary on Petrey Highway where he allegedly stole a 2011 Honda Recon 250 four-wheeler valued at $5,500, a utility trailer, a flat-screen television and other items. The burglary investigation was a joint effort between CCSO, Pike County Sheriff Office, Tallassee Police Department and the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Pike County investigator Troy Johnson assisted in the arrest of Holley after recovering the stolen trailer and four-wheeler on Pike County Road 1135 where Holley had ditched the items after the trailer had a flat fire.

Holley was charged with receiving stolen property for the vehicle he was driving as well as giving false identification to a law enforcement officer after giving the state trooper a driver’s license not belonging to him.

Paul said the CCSO had asked for extra help in searching for Holley.

“We have an idea of where he is and the area that he’s in,” Paul said. “But, we have someone else investigating it for us right now, so we can’t release that location.”

The Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office charged Holley with burglary in the third degree and theft of property first degree. Once he is in custody again, he will face escape and additional theft of property charges.

He said Holley is considered dangerous. Anyone who sees the escaped inmate should notify local law enforcement.