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SD inmate who stole fire engine arrested

Inmate Thomas Kelley, a convicted car thief, escaped from Donovan State Prison in San Diego County by stealing a fire engine.

January 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A convicted car thief who escaped from a San Diego County prison with a stolen fire engine was caught near San Diego.

Thomas Kelley, 51, escaped from Donovan State Prison on New Year's Day after allegedly stealing a fire engine. He worked as a prison firefighter.

The fire truck was found abandoned about 10 miles away from the prison.

Kelley was spotted by sheriff's deputies at a trolley station in the 1700 block of San Altos Place in Lemon Grove.

He was arrested without incident.

Kelley was serving time for a parole violation and was due to be released in 2013.

City News Service contributed to this report.