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Sumter Co. prisoner escapes

German escaped Monday from Sumter County Correctional Institute.
German escaped Monday from Sumter County Correctional Institute.(Sumter Co. Sheriff)
Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 11:42 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2021 at 8:06 PM EDT
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AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) - A Richmond County man who was in jail in Americus for burglary and drug possession has escaped, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Eric Bryant said that Rodriquez Germany got away from the Sumter County Correctional Institute Monday morning.

Germany took someone’s car that’s a few houses down from the prison. That car belongs to the niece of fallen officer former Georgia Southwestern University Public Safety Officer Jody Smith. Smith was killed in the line of duty in 2016. He left a huge impact on the Sumter County community.

The stolen car belongs to the niece of fallen officer former Georgia Southwestern University...
The stolen car belongs to the niece of fallen officer former Georgia Southwestern University Public Safety Officer Jody Smith. Smith was killed in the line of duty in 2016.(WALB)

Sheriff Bryant said the victim left her car unlocked with her keys in it.

Sheriff Bryant said the victim left her car unlocked with her keys in it
Sheriff Bryant said the victim left her car unlocked with her keys in it(WALB)

“Well, of course, she’s very frustrated because again she’s usually conscientious of things like this. This is one of those freak things where she fell to bring her keys inside that particular morning, well that particular night she fell victim in the wee hours of the morning. Outside of that, we’re working very closely, of course with her and our surrounding neighboring counties, as well as other agencies, trying to locate this vehicle and get it back to the rightful owner,” said Sheriff Bryant.

He took a gray 2010 Honda Civic Hatchback with the license plate BA1LEE and made his escape.

The car is described as a 2010 gray Honda Civic Hatchback with License plate number BA1Lee.
The car is described as a 2010 gray Honda Civic Hatchback with License plate number BA1Lee.(WALB)

Germany was convicted on burglary and drug possession charges, and he’s is 5′0 and weighs 189 pounds.

If you see him, you’re asked to call the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 924-4094.

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