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Man who used truck to escape northern Indiana jail caught

Updated: April 16, 2013 3:14PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Police say a man who escaped from a northern Indiana jail by using a bread delivery truck to smash through a security gate has been recaptured.

St. Joseph County police Sgt. William Redman says Franklin Rice, 27, of South Bend was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a house in Bremen, about 25 miles south of South Bend. Redman says Rice escaped from the county jail in South Bend about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, using keys left in the truck’s ignition to start it.

Redman says Rice and a female accomplice have been arrested and are being brought to South Bend for questioning.

Redman says Rice was scheduled to be sentenced next week on a burglary conviction. He had been working in the jail’s kitchen area since November.

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