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Sheriff isn't surprised man cut off GPS tracking bracelet

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FAYETTE COUNTY (KWWL) - A man on the run for hours Monday after cutting off his GPS bracelet was finally caught by authorities in Allamakee County.

Thomas Cannon was supposed to turn himself into the Fayette County Jail Monday morning to start his sentence for third-degree sexual abuse.

Fayette County authorities were alerted around 4:30 a.m. that he cut off his GPS bracelet. A little before 2 p.m., Allamakee County authorities found him barricaded in a trailer in Waukon. 

"And he was supposed to report back here at 10 this morning," said Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher. "During the time that he was on furlough he was to wear a bracelet."

A judge granted Cannon a furlough, allowing him to return home before his sentencing. That's when authorities say he cut off his GPS bracelet. 

"Well, we kind of thought this would happen," said Fisher. 

Sheriff Fisher says he never thought Cannon should have had that furlough, and says those GPS devices aren't that hard to cut off. 

"But once you damage this bracelet or cut it, as this has been, it does send out an alarm stating that it has been tampered with - and right away when that alarm goes off with the monitoring system they will notify local law enforcement," said Fisher.

Fisher says in the last 12 months, Fayette County has had three incidents, including this one, where someone has cut off their GPS tracking bracelet.  
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