Veney, 33, is a native of Baltimore, and was serving a five-year sentence at Jessup Correctional Facility with no parole for robbery with a deadly weapon and firearm possession. His arrest stems from an armed robbery in 2009, according to Maryland court records. He was scheduled for release in 2017.
At approximately 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, Veney was discovered to be missing from a SHA shop on Defense Highway. He was last seen heading in the direction of Generals Highway, toward the Westfield Annapolis mall.
An Anne Arundel County police spokesman told WNAV radio that Veney is considered to be armed and dangerous.
However, Department of Corrections spokesman Mark Vernarelli said only minimum security inmates are considered for these work details, and are screened for selection. Such walk-offs constituted a rare incident, Vernarelli said.
Press releases on the DOC's website indicate there have been three walk-offs this year throughout the state. Veney's is the first this year in Anne Arundel County.