Man recaptured after escape from Syracuse Police Department

Posted at 12:08 PM, Aug 05, 2013

SYRACUSE, Utah -- A man who escaped police custody in Davis County while still in handcuffs was recaptured Monday.

Police said 21-year-old Steven Allen and another suspect were taken to the Syracuse Police Department Sunday night after officers said they were caught using a stolen credit card at a Walmart located at 2228 West 1700 South.

Police said they believe Allen has been involved in several recent vehicle burglaries. Investigators took him into a room for questioning, and later stepped out, leaving Allen alone in the room.

Allen, still in handcuffs, managed to slip out of the building, which triggered a massive search by several agencies including the Clinton Police Department and Davis County Sheriff's Office.

Police said it is common for officers to leave suspects inside the questioning room, and they haven't had any issues before, but changes could be coming.

"This has sparked obviously a new issue that the chief and many of the administration will be going over the policies and procedures to make sure that this is not going to happen again," Erin Behm with the Syracuse Police Department said.

Police were able to track Allen down at his home around 3:40 a.m. on Monday. In addition to previous charges of retail theft and possession of stolen property, he's now looking at a charge of escaping from custody.