Escaped inmate caught running in his underwear

It wasn’t hard to spot a man running through yards and jumping over fences in Rockdale County, according to police.

That’s because he was only wearing one thing. His underwear.

But when deputies were able to apprehend Robert Brian McClellan, they learned why he was running, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said Monday. After allegedly escaping from a state prison in Augusta, McClellan, 36, allegedly stole a truck and robbed two banks, the sheriff's office posted on its Facebook page.

Sunday morning, several callers to 911 reported seeing the man along Fairview Road near Salem Road, according to police. After more than an hour of searching, deputies were able to find the man, later identified as McClellan, in the woods. He appeared to be under the influence when he was pulled out of the woods, according to police.

“Despite the fact that this was an apparent minor incident that deputies responded (to), the deputies clearly demonstrated that you never know the true gravity of any call for service,” Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett said in an online statement. “The deputies were persistent to locate this individual, and it paid off in the end.”

McClellan began serving a 15-year prison sentence in April 2008 for multiple burglary, robbery and theft convictions, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. He is currently being held in the Rockdale County jail facing a charge of theft by receiving stolen property, the sheriff’s office said.

McClellan previously served time twice in state prisons, including from August 2001 to January 2007, records show.