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AZ inmate who climbed basketball hoop to escape is back in jail

Wade Dickinson (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) Wade Dickinson (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

The man who broke out of a jail in Arizona has now been returned to the place where he escaped.

Wade Dickinson was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on Thursday night.

The 29-year-old fled back in July by hoisting himself atop a basketball hoop, grabbing on to an overhead security fence and pulling it apart. He was awaiting transfer to a state prison.

After nearly two months, he was captured at an apartment building near the Las Vegas strip.

Authorities described him as a "career criminal" who would allegedly scam people to make a living through his adult years. He was found carrying $1,500 in cash.

A report released July 29 by the YCSO said no one was directly supervising the recreation yard when Dickinson escaped July 12.

The report suggests Dickinson's level of physical fitness helped him flee the Camp Verde jail.

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The 6'1", 190-pound former personal trainer had been awaiting transfer to a state prison after being sentenced for fraud, drugs and possession of a firearm.

Authorities said they had credible information he would try to escape. Despite that, Dickinson was under medium security with access to the recreation yard.

The U.S. Marshals Service joined the hunt for him.

Yavapai County Silent Witness posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture. None of the numerous tips that were received led directly to Dickinson's arrest. As a result, the reward has been canceled, YCSO said on Tuesday. 

Dickinson was facing a possible 24-year prison sentence when he scaled a wall in the recreation yard around 2:30 p.m. on July 12, according to Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

Dickinson separated overhead security fencing to access the roof and climbed down to ground level, D'Evelyn said. The prisoner then ran across the parking area and was seen attempting to steal a small pickup truck parked outside a business located along Highway 260 in front of the jail.

When the business owners came outside, Dickinson ran across Highway 260 and then east along Old Highway 279 out of sight. The owners immediately called YCSO. The jail was quickly locked down and following a head count, Dickinson was confirmed missing, D'Evelyn said. 

YCSO said it received a credible report just before 11 p.m. that Dickinson was seen on Middle Verde Road in the area of Interstate 17. A search comprising multiple agencies and tracking dogs was unsuccessful. 

Dickinson apparently changed clothes after his escape, sheriff's investigators said. 

Dickinson has an extensive criminal history and has served time in both the Arizona Department of Corrections and the Yavapai County Detention Facility for convictions involving fraud, theft and forgery related offenses, as well as tracking in stolen property.

He served approximately 16 months in ADOC between 2006 and 2007 and returned to the Yavapai County Detention Facility in 2010 and again in 2012 for fraud and identity theft charges. He was on probation at the time of his most recent arrest.

Dickinson has a martial arts background and is an avid outdoorsman.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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