Town increases security with escaped inmate on the loose

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Posted: May 05, 2016 12:10 PM
Town increases security with escaped inmate on the loose

BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey town has increased security at schools, while a "flood of leads" has failed to turn up an inmate who escaped from prison.

Barnegat Mayor John Novak said Thursday his town will continue searching for 38-year-old Arthur Buckel unless it gets confirmed information he is no longer there.

Surveillance video captured Buckel shopping at a CVS on Wednesday, a day after the minimum security inmate was found missing when guards did a count at Bayside State Prison in Hammonton.

Novak says police officers are stationed at the town's schools and that state police will escort buses Thursday afternoon.

Buckel had been serving a sentence for aggravated assault and was scheduled to be considered for parole this month. He previously served 14 years for aggravated manslaughter of a baby.

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This story has been revised to correct the surname of Barnegat's mayor to Novak, not Novack.