HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police say a fugitive arrested in a rural town 48 years after escaping from a Georgia prison work camp was well-known as a boat repairman in his community and was caught after applying for Social Security.
Troopers and U.S. marshals arrested Robert Stackowitz on Monday morning at his home in Sherman, about 60 miles west of Hartford along the New York state line.
The U.S. Marshals Service says Stackowitz was serving a 17-year sentence for robbery in August 1968 when he escaped from the infirmary at Carroll County Prison Work Camp in Carrolton, Georgia.
Authorities say Stackowitz applied for Social Security recently and officials discovered he was a fugitive.
Stackowitz is detained and expected to be taken back to Georgia. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.