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1954 Pig Thief Caught

October 9, 1998

CRESCENT CITY, Fla. (AP) _ More than four decades after Robert Andrew Hollinger walked away from an Alabama prison where he was serving a year for each of the 15 pigs he stole, the law caught up with him.

Hollinger, 69, made the mistake of using his real name when applying for Social Security benefits.

He was arrested Thursday and could be sent back to Alabama.

Hollinger had served two years of his 15-year sentence when he escaped from the Loxley Work Center in Alabama in 1956. Because of his good behavior, he was allowed to drive a truck to and from work sites. One day, he parked the truck and walked away.

After that, he moved back and forth between New York and Florida, mostly using the name Henry Stallworth. He married in 1962 and apparently stayed out of trouble.

Hollinger’s wife died in 1995. He lived with his 19-year-old daughter and worked as a groundskeeper at a hospital.

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