Fugitive on the run since 1986 for crimes committed in Piedmont Triad captured in South Carolina


James Edward Coe

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SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. — A man who escaped a North Carolina prison in 1986 and has been on the run since then was captured in South Carolina on Sunday, according to WPDE.

James Edward Coe, 71, was arrested by Horry County police at Hudson’s Flea Market in Surfside Beach on Sunday morning for shoplifting, WPDE reports.

North Carolina Department of Corrections records show that Coe escaped from a North Carolina prison on June 23, 1986.

Coe was convicted in April 1984 on two counts of receiving stolen goods. The incidents occurred in Forsyth and Stokes counties.

Coe’s expected release date was Nov. 15, 1989, according to NCDOC records.

On Monday morning, Coe was denied bond and will be extradited back to North Carolina, WPDE reports.

Coe is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center until his extradition.

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