Halfway house escapee captured after he stole Pittsburgh detective's car

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A man who escaped from a halfway house on Christmas is back in jail after he stole a detective's personal vehicle, state police said.

After complaining about pain, Tyler Rutherford, 27, was transported from Renewal Inc. to UPMC Mercy, where he ran, trooper Robin Mungo said. He had been serving time for burglary.

Pittsburgh police arrested Rutherford at 9 a.m. Wednesday, after he stole a city detective's personal vehicle at his home while it was warming up, she said.

He faces charges including criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and drug violations.

According to court documents, Rutherford has been in and out of jail since he was 18 years old and pleaded guilty to charges including burglary, forgery and drug possession in 2005 and burglary and fleeing from an officer in 2008.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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