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Fugitive linked to local business break-in

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

There's new information about how a federal prison escapee managed to avoid authorities for days.

Two Versailles men helped U.S. Marshals capture Derek Capozzi Saturday night, three days after he kicked his way out of a transport van on the highway in Woodford County.

We're learning Capozzi may have stolen clothes, food and a weapon in his time on the run.

As the U.S. Marshal Service continues to investigate how Derek Capozzi escaped, police say the fugitive did break into at least one business, a Versailles Dentist Office.

When Dr. Corey Stith arrived to work, he discovered not only his office broken into, but several items were missing.

"Once he came in, he raided the refrigerator, took all the yogurt, cupcakes," says Stith.

Capozzi may have even been wearing the smock from Stith's office when captured.

"He used the restroom and we think he went to that office and took some petty cash, my crocs," says Stith.

Capozzi may have also been planning a way out of Versailles. Stith says it appears Capozzi was on the computer, looking at maps and local news stations.

Capozzi was spotted on surveillance near other businesses around Stith's office, a liquor store and the Dairy Queen, but there's no indication he ever got inside those businesses.

Now members of the community are breathing a collective sigh of relief.

Dr. Stith is hopeful some of the items stolen would be returned, though he says he'll manage without the smock and the cros brand shoes.

The dentist says Capozzi's internet searches left viruses on his computer. He says those may have come from adult websites.

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