Authorities search for inmate who walked away from Long Beach reentry program • Long Beach Post

Jose Chavez. Photo courtesy the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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Authorities are looking for a convicted car thief who walked away from a reentry center in Long Beach where he was serving out the end of his prison sentence, according to prison officials.

Law enforcement began searching for Jose Chavez, 31, around 4 p.m. Thursday after getting an alert that someone had tampered with his electronic tracking device, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a news release Friday.

“Chavez had been out on an approved day pass and his last known location was Obregon Park in East Los Angeles,” the release said.

Chavez was serving out a two-year, eight-month prison sentence, according to the CDCR. Since April 2018, he’s been held at a reentry facility in Long Beach where inmates are given tools and rehab services to help them transition back into society, according to the CDCR.

He was scheduled to be released in February 2019, the news release said.

Authorities said Chavez is 5-foot-7-inches tall, about 221 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. They asked anyone who sees him to call 911.

Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor of the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @jeremiahdobruck on Twitter.

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