S.C. convict breaks out of prison using materials delivered by a drone

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The South Carolina Department of Corrections announced Friday that prison escapee Jimmy Causey was recaptured in Texas, after the 46-year-old inmate managed a second escape from a maximum security prison. Causey was on the loose for more than two days before Texas Rangers snagged him.

Causey was found in a hotel room in Austin at around 3am, nearly 1,200 miles away from Lieber Correctional Institution, the prison he’d escaped from Tuesday night. Causey was incarcerated 13 years ago, serving a life sentence for holding Columbia attorney Jack Swerling and his family at gunpoint in their home.

Reportedly, Causey’s escape was not discovered for 18 hours.

To make his escape, Causey used materials he had smuggled into his cell, such as a cellphone and wire cutters.  It is suspected that the materials were delivered to him via a drone, according to South Carolina Corrections Director Bryan Stirling.

Stirling didn’t say why authorities believe a drone was used.

Apparently, Causey used a “makeshift dummy” to lead authorities to believe he was in his bed, which may account for the number of hours it took for them to discover his escape.

Causey first escaped from prison when he and another inmate hid in a garbage truck that was leaving the facility.  The pair was arrested three days later after a tip about their whereabouts was given to police by a pizza delivery woman.

After Causey’s second successful escape, Stirling was asked whether prison guards did anything wrong. Stirling would not comment specifically, but said, “sometimes the staff just has to follow policies and procedures.”

Causey was recovered with $47,654 in cash, and authorities are trying to determine where he procured the funds, as well as a semi-automatic pistol, a pump shotgun with ammunition, four cellphones and an ID card.


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