Madison County work release escapee captured in Birmingham

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Matthew Alton Meggs (Photo: Huntsville/Madison County Jail)

Matthew Alton Meggs (Photo: Huntsville/Madison County Jail)

 

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A Madison County work release escapee who allegedly stole a vehicle was captured in Birmingham Monday.

Police say Matthew Alton Meggs escaped from work release and stole a white Madison County Chevrolet Suburban on June 18. He is currently in the Jefferson County Jail, awaiting transfer to Madison County, where he will face additional charges.

Meggs, who is believed to be 37, was working at the Robert "Bob" Harrison Senior Wellness & Advocacy Center on Pulaski Pike, according to Madison County Chief Jail Administrator Steve Morrison.  He jumped into the county vehicle there and drove away, police said.

Meggs was one of the inmates assigned to District 6.

Commissioner Bob Harrison said Meggs was a hard worker and trusted person within the work release community. He says Meggs worked in the kitchen there and had relative freedom to move about the campus as is typical for those of his status on work release.

He said Meggs observed where the keys were kept and took the opportune moment to escape when no one was looking. He remembers Meggs as someone who would not typicallu do something like this.

Morrison told WHNT News 19 Meggs was not considered dangerous at this time.  He has theft and possession charges against him.