Quick tip for an employee at the Huachuca City Landfill: When there are prison inmates working alongside you, don't leave the keys in a city-owned car.
Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Barrett Marson confirmed to New Times this morning that inmate Lonnie Smith escaped a work detail at the landfill yesterday by stealing the employee's vehicle.
Smith, who's still on the run, took off from the work crew at the dump around 1 p.m. yesterday.
Smith is a minimum-security inmate at the Arizona prison complex in Douglas who was serving time for a drug paraphernalia violation and misconduct involving a weapon. A convicted thief and forger, he picked up the weapons charge after being caught with a weapon in his home.
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He was scheduled to be released in June of 2012.