State prison escapee found in Surfside Beach

SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a state prison inmate who walked away from a work crew assignment in Chester County has been arrested while trying to commit a burglary in Surfside Beach.

Investigators said 25-year-old Steven Robert Spencer was taken into custody Wednesday night, several hours after he disappeared from his job with a private construction crew after asking to use the bathroom.

Authorities say Spencer gave police a false name, but they quickly figured out who he was. He will be returned to state prison after a bond hearing Friday on the burglary charge.

Spencer is serving an 8-year sentence for second-degree burglary from Horry County. He had been on work detail for less than a month and would have been eligible for parole next year.

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