Escaped Convict Found Behind Deere Dealership

Escaped prisoner, Danelo Cavalcante, was finally recaptured behind Little’s John Deere of Pottstown, PA that sells lawnmowers, tires and more, after a 14-day manhunt.

The store manager, Jim Martin, said he and his employees couldn’t access the store at all because the search perimeter for the escaped convict was locked down. The next morning, they were able to get in, but the area was still swarming with police in camouflage and a helicopter was circling ahead.

Officials said it was a combination of aircraft with thermal imaging, ground searches and K-9s that led to the successful end to the manhunt.

With Cavalcante in custody, Martin commends law enforcement on a job well done. 

“Here this is like mountainous, dense,” he said, gesturing to the plants and trees in the area. 

“They did their job. They did exactly what they needed to do. Anybody feels it took too long, tough,” he added, “If you don’t know what it’s like growing up in the woods, you shouldn’t expect to know how easy this was.” 

While Martin said his dealership took a hit during the manhunt, he’s glad his life will finally be getting back to normal now that Cavalcante is once again locked up.