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OC supervisors to consider who gets reward for jail escapees' capture

It's been nearly two months since three inmates escaped from the Central Men's Jail in Orange County. They're back in custody after a $200,000 reward was offered for information leading to their capture. 

On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors will discuss who should receive the reward money and how it should be split up.

The supervisors say they haven't decided yet because the Orange County Sheriff's Department asked for more time to verify who was eligible for the reward.

"The process is always difficult because we want to make sure that we're providing the most accurate information on those subjects that may have been involved going forward," said sheriff's Lt. Mark Stichter. "It was just a matter of ... having the ability to gather all the facts and the information that we felt was applicable to those subjects who may have assisted with the capture of the three escapees."

This banner atop the Orange County Sheriff's Department webpage shows the latest iteration of their Internet "wanted" poster, showing that all three escaped inmates are in custody as of Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. After a week of SWAT raids and a gang dragnet, it was a tip that led San Francisco police to the two remaining fugitives who broke out of a Santa Ana, Calif., jail. A third surrendered Friday. (Orange County Sheriff's Department via AP)
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This banner atop the Orange County Sheriff's Department webpage shows the latest iteration of their Internet "wanted" poster, showing that all three escaped inmates are in custody as of Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. After a week of SWAT raids and a gang dragnet, it was a tip that led San Francisco police to the two remaining fugitives who broke out of a Santa Ana, Calif., jail. A third surrendered Friday. (Orange County Sheriff's Department via AP)

The reward could possibly be split four ways.

Among those recommended for at least a portion of the reward: a homeless man in San Francisco credited with alerting police that he spotted the stolen van the inmates were using; the man who reported his van stolen; and two Target store employees in Rosemead who reported seeing men who looked like the inmates buying pre-paid cell phones. 

The inmates—Bac Duong, 43; Hossein Nayeri, 37; and Jonathan Tieu, 20—escaped on Jan. 22. Duong turned himself in to authorities on Jan. 29, and the other two were arrested in San Francisco on Jan. 30.

Orange County Board of Supervisors memorandum on reward