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US Marshals increase reward for missing Connecticut inmate

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The U.S. Marshals service is increasing its reward from $1,500 to up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of an inmate who escaped from a Enfield prison.

Jerry Mercado, 25, escaped from the Carl Robinson Correctional Facility back on Jan. 7. He was sentenced in August 2016 to three years for burglary.

The U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force announced Tuesday it was offering a larger reward for information leading to Mercado's arrest.

Authorities believe Mercado may have stowed away in the undercarriage of a garbage truck or state vehicle to escape.

The U.S. Marshals says the inmate may have fled Connecticut and could be hiding in neighboring states, including the New York City metro area where a tip was generated.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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