Inmate’s escape: Phones, wire cutters, a drone and $47000 – Los Angeles Times

A South Carolina inmate used wire cutters that apparently were 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.

Jimmy Causey’s second escape from prison lasted more than two days before a tip led Texas Rangers to a motel room in Austin, where he was found sleeping around 4 a.m. Friday, South Carolina state police said.

Prison officials now are investigating how Causey’s escape on Tuesday from Lieber Correctional Institution went unnoticed for 18 hours, South Carolina Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said.

“We believe a drone was used to fly in the tools that allowed him to escape,” Stirling said, adding that investigators still were investigating to confirm whether a drone was used.

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