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Police looking for escaped inmate in Martinsville

Officials confirm that Dekey Trevor Penn, 33, a trustee inmate, jumped from a garbage truck in the Fayette Street area and never got back on (Photo: Martinsville City Jail)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- The Martinsville City Sheriff's Office is looking for an escaped inmate.

Officials confirm that Dekey Trevor Penn, 33, a trustee inmate, jumped from a garbage truck in the Fayette Street area and never got back on.

Police said they are looking in the area of Fayette and Beaver Streets.

"Trustee" status, is an inmate with minimal charges and sentence authorized to perform work inside and outside of the detention center and sheriff's office facilities; Penn was given the status as he is considered a nonviolent criminal and was allowed to help with garbage pickups.

He's described as 5'8" and 140-160 pounds.

Police said his hair is now completely blonde.

This is a breaking news story, check back for updates.

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