An inmate at the Honor Farm near San Luis Obispo removed his ankle monitor and walked away from the facility Wednesday night, according to a release from the SLO County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities said they discovered the inmate, whom they identified as 20-year-old Timothy Powers of Paso Robles, missing at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Powers was at the Honor Farm on suspicion of theft charges.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Powers escaped from the facility between 9 and 10:40 p.m. He is on probation but was not considered a threat to public safety, authorities say.
Powers' escape didn't last long: Just after 9:20 a.m. Thursday, deputies in San Miguel stopped a vehicle they believed was connected to Powers. They found him in the front passenger seat and arrested him on charges of escaping custody, police said.
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The driver of the car, 24-year-old Claudia Penaloza of San Simeon, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, officials said.
The pair were taken to the San Luis Obispo County Jail.