Deputies say Brevard County Jail inmate recaptured after stealing patrol car

Posted at 11:30 AM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 05:29:52-05

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've recaptured a Florida man who escaped from a county jail and stole a sheriff's office patrol car.

Florida Today reports that 58-year-old Daniel Amoroso made his initial court appearance Thursday morning on charges of escape and grand theft motor vehicle in Brevard County.

The sheriff's office says Amoroso escaped from the Brevard County Jail Complex Tuesday morning and then took an unmarked, decommissioned patrol vehicle from a nearby maintenance facility.

Authorities say the car was located early Wednesday morning in Orlando, and Amoroso was later arrested in West Melbourne.

Amoroso had been jailed since July on a felony failure to appear warrant on a charge of grand theft. Police say he attempted to steal $2,390 worth of merchandise by hiding it inside a motorized scooter at Bass Pro Shops in Palm Bay.