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Prisoner walks away from work detail in Palm Beach County

Witnesses say Philip Peletz seen getting into white pickup truck

Loxahatchee Road Prison inmate Philip Peletz walked away from a work detail on Okeechobee Boulevard.
Loxahatchee Road Prison inmate Philip Peletz walked away from a work detail on Okeechobee Boulevard.

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. – Authorities are searching for an escaped prisoner in Palm Beach County.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said Philip Peletz, 53, walked away from a work detail on Okeechobee Boulevard about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Peletz was an inmate at the Loxahatchee Road Prison.

Witnesses said they saw Peletz get into an older-model white pickup truck.

Plessinger said Peletz was serving a five-year prison sentence for grand theft and petty theft.

The FDLE, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Corrections are involved in the search.

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