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Man Arrested After Being on the Run in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The search is over for a convicted felon who was on the run after he didn't return to the Yakima County Jail earlier this month.

Jacob Lucey, 29, was granted a 24-hour furlough to visit his dying mother, and that's when he ran away.

Police say it's been a frustrating case, Lucey was arrested for car theft earlier this year, convicted, and let go after a Yakima County judge and prosecutor granted him a 24-hour furlough last month while he waited for sentencing.

Police say he didn't return to jail on November 1st, but they weren't told about the situation until this week.

Luckily, police were able to track down Lucey Friday afternoon to the 1900 block of Roosevelt Avenue in Yakima.

Multiple agencies assisted in this three day manhunt and police say it's cost a lot of unnecessary money for something that could have been avoided.

"It's going to run into the thousands of dollars of taxpayers dollars that's being expended to locate this guy and get him back in jail. It's been incredibly frustrating to us, absolutely," said Capt. Rod Light with YPD.

Lucey spent 8.5yrs behind bars after he was convicted of a 2002 shooting in Union Gap.

After being released, he was tied to a string of car thefts and was facing another five years in prison.