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Freedom short-lived for 3 local inmates

Inmates released are back in jail. (Source: WOIO) Inmates released are back in jail. (Source: WOIO)
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SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Three former Summit County Jail inmates were locked back up hours after they were set free.

On Sunday afternoon, more than 70 inmates were released from the jail, due to a budget shortfall. 

At 10:30 p.m., Akron Police say Robert Edwards, 57, of Akron, stole $63 of food from a restaurant. It was a dine-and-dash scam investigators say he has pulled in the past. He was issued a court summons.

Police say Rodney Yates, 32, of Akron, is back behind bars, charged with criminal trespassing and petty theft. Investigators say after being released on Sunday, Yates stole a bottle of vodka.

The third former inmate, according to Barberton Police, overdosed, but will be alright.  Police say Michael Coon, 33, of Barberton, was issued a summons for possessing drug abuse instruments -- a syringe and spoon.

Those at the Summit County Sheriff's Office say they're trying to keep the county jail staffed and safe for everyone.

"It's unfortunate. I don't like it, but we have to take measures to keep our facility safe," said Major Dale Soltis, with the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

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