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Walk Away from Ben Lomond Conservation Camp (CC #45) Apprehended in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials today announced the apprehension of a minimum-security inmate who walked away from Ben Lomond Conservation Camp on Dec. 28, 2016.

At 4:35 p.m. this afternoon, inmate Russell Helton, 40, was apprehended by CDCR Special Service Unit agents in the Santa Cruz area. He was discovered missing by camp staff last Wednesday during a routine count.

Inmate Helton was assigned to an inmate firefighting crew at CC #45 near Santa Cruz. The camp houses approximately 100 minimum-custody inmates.

Helton will be transported back to the California Correctional Center in Susanville, and will no longer be eligible to be housed in a Conservation Camp. Helton was received by CDCR on Dec. 2015 from Sacramento County, with a four year sentence for grand theft.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

Contact: Lt. Aaron Yderraga

(530) 257-2181