October 18, 2017 10:53:40 AM
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Editor's Note: The District Attorney's office announced its contribution after The Dispatch's Wednesday print deadline.
Columbus City Council upped the ante Tuesday to help law enforcement find an escaped inmate from Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.
Councilmen voted to contribute $3,000 to the reward pot for information leading to the recapture of 29-year-old Delvin Moore. Late Wednesday morning, 16th Circuit District Attorney Scott Colom announced his office also will pitch in $3,000 to the reward fund.
Combined with what Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Task Force have contributed, the total reward is now $10,000.
"I don't know if the reward will make it easier for us to find him, but hopefully it will make somebody think, 'Hey, I need this money and I know where this guy is,'" LCSO Chief Deputy Marc Miley told The Dispatch this morning. "They can give us tips anonymously. We're not trying to put anybody's name out there. We just want to get this guy off the streets."
Moore escaped from the county jail on the evening of Sept. 2 when he manipulated the locking mechanism of his holding cell door and then eluded jailers as he ran out the front entrance of the facility. Columbus police arrested him the day before for an alleged armed robbery at the Sprint Mart at Highway 69 and Yorkville Road.
He was also convicted of a 2013 armed robbery and burglary of an automobile in 2006. Authorities say Moore also is a suspect in several other reported armed robberies over the past year.
Miley said multiple agencies, including LCSO, CPD and the marshals task force, are "actively seeking" Moore and have been following small leads since his escape. Miley said he appreciates the city's willingness to pitch in toward the reward.
"A lot of times, you'll see a reward of 'up to' a certain amount, and what I want folks to understand is this reward is what it says it is ($10,00)," he said. "It's not 'up to $10,000' and you might get $500. ... And if anybody is helping (Moore) stay out of jail, we're going to find those people, too, and lock them up."
Anyone with information on Moore's whereabouts can contact Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 800-530-7151.
Zack Plair is the managing editor for The Dispatch.
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