A Neshoba County man who is accused of stealing a car from a Union nursing home in December was back in jail Tuesday after escaping from the exercise yard.

Joshua Alan Andrews, 25, of 10910 Highway 485, escaped the custody of Neshoba County Sheriff’s Deputies Monday afternoon while he and a group of prisoners were let out in the exercise yard.

In 2014, Andrews received a five-year sentence for grand larceny after pleading guilty. In August 2017, he was accused of possession of paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.

 In 2011, as a 19-year-old, Andrews was accused of stealing a motorcycle from a resident off Mississippi 16 east with two others after they appeared in a Facebook video with the stolen bike.

Sheriff  Tommy Waddell said that on Monday Andrews ran, hopped over a fence and slipped under a second fence.

His jail uniform was found a few hundred yards away in a wooded area deputies and Philadelphia Police. The authorities suspected someone picked him up.

Waddell said that deputies worked “diligently” through the night following leads and collecting information. The Attala County Sheriff’s Department as well as other close by agencies were notified.

A statewide alert was also issued.

Waddell said Attala County law enforcement arrested Andrews a shortly before midnight without incident.

Andrews has been returned to the custody of the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office. He suffered some minor scratches from the razor wire on top of the jailhouse fence.

Andrews was in the county jail on the larceny and auto theft charges from the Union Police Department.

Andrews and a Union man were charged with taking the car from the Hilltop Nursing Home on Dec. 12.

They were later arrested Kosciusko as well.

Both were denied bond at their hearing in Neshoba County.

Waddell said Andrews would face an additional charge of felony escape which holds a maximum of up to five years.