Man arrested in South Carolina 30 years after jail escape

SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A fugitive from North Carolina who had been on the run for nearly 30 years has been arrested in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.

Seventy-one-year-old James Edward Coe was arrested by Horry County police Sunday morning for shoplifting, multiple news media outlets reported. Records from the North Carolina Department of Corrections show Coe had escaped a North Carolina prison on June 23, 1986.

Coe was convicted in April 1984 on two counts of receiving stolen goods in Forsyth and Stokes County. Court records show Coe’s expected release date was in November 1989.

Coe was arrested Sunday for stealing jewelry from a flea market, a police report said.

Authorities said Coe walked away with the jewelry and then sold the stolen item to another vendor.

The suspect denied taking the item and didn’t have a state ID, the report said. Police said the suspect provided his information, which revealed him as a wanted man.

Coe was denied bond Monday and will be extradited to North Carolina.

 

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