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PONCHATOULA, La. -- An inmate in a transitional work program has escaped from his job site, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.

Bessie was working at the Elmer's Chocolate Factory in Ponchatoula at about 6 a.m. Monday when he walked away from the job.

Bessie, who was scheduled for release in January 2015, was serving time for simple robbery.

He was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue denim pants. His pants had writing on the back pockets.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office at (225) 686-2241 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP.

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