Crime & Courts

Prison inmate escapes from work site

State prison officials are looking for an inmate who escaped from a work site in the Upstate this morning.

The inmate from Perry Correctional Institution in Pelzer was assigned to the city of Simpsonville on a work assignment when the escape happened.

Prison officials say Bradley Thomas Moore, a minimum security inmate, was working at Heritage Park in Simpsonville when he was spotted getting into a 1982 Chevrolet pickup truck and driving away at about 9:45 a.m.

The truck is blue with grey doors.

Moore is a white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighs about 220 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. His tattoos include Chinese writing on his left forearm; “rebel with skill” stenciled on a Confederate flag on his upper right arm; “unforgiven” on his stomach; and “AKS” on his chest.

He was last seen wearing a brown S.C. Department of Corrections uniform with “SCDC” stenciled on it. He was also wearing a brown jacket.

Moore started serving a two-year sentence for explosives possession out of Pickens County on Aug. 21, 2008. His projected release date was Nov. 7, 2009.

Moore is among a group of minimum security inmates housed at Perry, a maximum security institution, who work outside of the institution in the community.

The S.C. Department of Corrections’ Fugitive Apprehension Unit is working with local authorities on search and apprehension efforts.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877- 349-2130 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

After 5 p.m., call 1-803- 896-2258, the S.C. Law Enforcement Division at 1-803- 737-9000, or contact local law enforcement.

-- From Staff Reports