A SC inmate used wire cutters that were probably dropped from a drone as part of an elaborate escape plan that also included cellphones smuggled into prison, guns and at least $47,000 in cash, authorities said Friday after his capture.
The agency sent a tweet a little after 5 a.m. Friday, saying they have apprehended 46-year-old Jimmy Causey.
Authorities discovered the convicted kidnapper was missing Wednesday afternoon from Lieber Correctional Institution. Dorchester County Sheriff's Office assisted the search locally.
The director also said the men had fashioned fake heads out of toilet paper and put them in their beds, fooling officers at a 7:15 a.m. prisoner count.
State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel again called on federal government to allow prisons to jam cellphone signals. He said the state is wasting money on putting up netting and other tools to stop cell phones and contraband, money that could be used to hire more guards. There were no immediate details on where the Texas troopers found Causey.
Causey received a life sentence in 2004 after he was convicted of holding a Columbia attorney and his family at gunpoint in their home.
A year after he entered prison, he and another inmate escaped Broad River Correctional Institution near Columbia by hiding in a trash truck. He said investigators are still determining what materials Causey used and believe he didn't act alone.
Despite inmates' lack of physical contact with the outside world, they still have the Internet, social media and other means of societal contact, Stirling explained. "There are going to be some very serious consequences, and some people are going to get hurt because of drones and cell phones".
"It's a simple fix", Stirling said. Agency spokesperson Sommer Sharpe said statewide that includes 11 institutions, each now surrounded by fencing for security measures.