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A South Carolina inmate broke out of a max­i­mum­se­cu­rity prison us­ing wire cut­ters that were ap­par­ently flown in by drone, of­fi­cials said Fri­day, de­scrib­ing a new and dev­il­ishly hardto-stop means of es­cape.

Con­victed kid­nap­per Jimmy Causey, 46, was re­cap­tured at a Texas mo­tel be­fore day­break, more than two days af­ter bolt­ing to free­dom in a plot wor­thy of a Hol­ly­wood script. It was the sec­ond time in 12 years that he es­caped.

This time, he used a smug­gled-in cell­phone to co­or­di­nate the de­liv­ery of the break­out tools, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said. Then, with dusk ap­proach­ing on the Fourth of July, he cut through four fences and left a dummy in his bed that fooled his guards. He got an 18-hour head start.

When he was caught, he had about $47,000 in cash, an ID card and two guns, au­thor­i­ties said.

Kevin Tamez, a 30-year law en­force­ment vet­eran who con­sults on prison se­cu­rity, said he wasn’t aware of any other U.S. prison es­capes aided by drones.

S.C. De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions

Jimmy Causey was re­cap­tured in Texas.

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