MOREE’S most wanted man has been recaptured in Sydney after a 17-day manhunt.
Michael Pitt, 33, had been on the run since he escaped from Corrective Services officers in Moree on August 24.
Pitt was refused bail during an appearance in the Moree Courthouse about 11.30am when he jumped a court dock and ran from officers.
He caught a taxi outside the court but fled the cab when it stopped in the Wilga Pl area.
Corrective Services officers pursued Pitt on foot before a female officer suffered minor injuries.
A massive man hunt was launched but police failed to find any sign of him. Barwon police issued a state-wide alert to help track down the 33-year-old, who was known to frequent the Waterloo area, before Pitt came under notice by officers in Sydney.
After ongoing inquiries Redfern police attended a Pitt St address in Waterloo just before 8 o’clock on Tuesday night where they arrested Pitt.
He was taken to Botany Bay Police Station and charged with a number of fresh offences including resist arrest and escape lawful custody.
Pitt fronted Central Local Court yesterday where he was refused bail.
He’ll appear in court at a later date.