Alabama inmate serving time for theft escapes state prison

ELMORE, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Corrections says an inmate has escaped from a state prison.

A department statement released Friday says 27-year-old Justin Caldwell escaped Elmore Correctional Facility just before 2 a.m. The statement says Caldwell was sentenced in 2014 to serve eight years in jail for theft.

Further details about the escape haven’t been released.

A photo released by the department shows several tattoos on Caldwell’s forehead and neck, including the word “Ohio.” The statement says Caldwell was wearing state-issued white pants and a shirt when he left the prison.

The department says Caldwell is five feet seven inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. Authorities are asking anyone with information about Caldwell to contact the Department of Corrections.