Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  07/18/2012 - 09:30
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Jail Escape Update  
Date/Time of Incident:  06/15/2012 - 05:00
Incident Location:  Douglas County Jail, Roseburg, OR  
Case Number:  n/a  
Arrested:  Grimes, Thomas Ivan / 32 yoa / Springfield, OR

On June 15th, 2012, at 0600 hours, Thomas Grimes was discovered missing from the Douglas County Jail. Since that time, Grimes has eluded police in stolen vehicles and is a suspect in several stolen vehicle cases in Douglas County and in Springfield, Oregon. Grimes was arrested early this morning by the Springfield Police Department.

Since the escape, the Sheriff's Office has been conducting an internal investigation into the incident. Last week that investigation concluded. The investigation showed that Grimes was able to escape by exploiting some flawed internal procedures. Specifically, Grimes hid in a trash can that was eventually dumped outside the facility by other inmate workers.

Several internal procedures have been revised to ensure this method of escape can't be utilized in the future. Additionally, based on the internal investigation, one employee was discharged and one employee quit in lieu of termination.

End of release.

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