In­mates used peanut but­ter to fool door guard

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

JASPER, Ala. — An Alabama sher­iff says a dozen in­mates es­caped from his county jail by cov­er­ing up the num­bers iden­ti­fy­ing an out­side door with peanut but­ter, and then per­suad­ing a new jail em­ployee watch­ing them on closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion to open it from his con­trol booth. ``Chang­ing num­bers on doors with peanut but­ter — It may sound crazy, but th­ese kinds of peo­ple are crazy like a fox.’’ Walker County Sher­iff James Un­der­wood told a news con­fer­ence. ``He thought he was open­ing the cell door for this man to go in his cell, but in fact he opened up the out­side door.’’

``Es­capes hap­pen,’’ Un­der­wood said. ``We’ve got some evil peo­ple down here, and they scheme all the time to con us and our em­ploy­ees at the jail. You’ve got to stay on your toes. This is one time we slipped up. I’m not go­ing to make any ex­cuses.’’

All but one of the dozen in­mates were cap­tured within hours, and the sher­iff said he hopes and ex­pects the last one to be back in cus­tody by day’s end. He said the only per­son se­ri­ously hurt in the en­tire es­cape in­ci­dent was an inmate who sliced his thumb climb­ing over a ra­zor­wire fence.

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