• Escaped inmate who stole sheriff's vehicle in Brevard County back in custody

    By: James Tutten , Melonie Holt


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The Brevard County Sheriff's office said Thursday morning that deputies rearrested an inmate who stole a car and fled during work detail Tuesday night.

    That car, which was equipped with a GPS tracking device, was later recovered in Orlando, but the inmate, 58-year-old Daniel Amoroso, was nowhere to be found.

    The Brevard County Sheriff's Office said they rearrested Amoroso Wednesday night. No other details of his capture were released.

    Deputies said the man is now facing charges of grand theft and escape. He made his first court appearance Thursday morning.

    Amoroso was in jail for a failure to appear in court in connection with a retail theft.

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    It was a nonviolent crime, and he had a history that allowed him to work at the Sheriff’s Office’s fleet maintenance facility.

    In the nearly four months Amoroso spent in the Brevard County Jail, the Sheriff's Office said the inmate gained a position of trust.

    He applied for and was made a jail trustee and was given a work assignment detailing cars.

    It was from there deputies said he stole an unmarked Chevrolet Impala on Tuesday and escaped custody.

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    “I don't know what all the circumstances were that led him to be able to get this vehicle,” said Tod Goodyear, with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. “That's something we'll have to look at.”

    The Brevard County Sheriff's Office said the general crimes unit and the Game-Over Task Force both searched for Amoroso. 


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