A Monroe County inmate who escaped from a work detail last month has turned himself in.
Tony Joe "T.J." Carroll and another inmate, Ricky Burnett, were working at a convenience center July 18th when they stole an SUV belonging to one of the site supervisors and drove away.
Burnett was caught a week later and now faces additional charges of escape and theft.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Department said Carroll contacted the U.S. Marshal Service on Tuesday, August 12, to turn himself in. He said he was "tired of running and that everywhere he went law enforcement was there or had just been there and he wanted to turn himself in."
He was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's Office and has been transported back to Monroe County where additional charges are pending.
One of the Monroe County inmates who escaped in a stolen SUV on July 18th has been captured, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says.
Ricky Burnett was taken back into custody on July 25th and returned to the Monroe County Jail where he faces additional charges of escape and theft of property.
According to the sheriff's office, Tony Joe Carroll and Burnett were working off-site at a convenience center when they stole an SUV belonging to one of the site supervisors and drove away.
The gold 2006 Ford Explorer has a Tennessee tag 325 RMV.
Carroll was serving time for charges of theft, vandalism, auto burglary and destruction of valuable papers. Burnett was serving time for driving on a suspended license, manufacture of schedule II drugs, drug paraphernalia and violation of parole.
The search continues for missing inmate Tony Carroll.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at (423) 442-3911 or Monroe County Dispatch at (423) 442-4357.