COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Investigators say an inmate who escaped for a second time from maximum security prisons in South Carolina used wire cutters that were probably dropped from a drone.
State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said 46-year-old Jimmy Causey was arrested around 4 a.m. Friday as he slept in a motel room in Austin, Texas.
Keel says Causey had two guns and more than $47,000 in cash when he was caught after more than two days on the run in a well-planned escape.
South Carolina Corrections Director Bryan Stirling says Causey used a cellphone to arrange his escape, and a drone likely dropped the wire cutters Causey used to cut through four fences at the Lieber Correctional Institution on July 4.
Stirling says Causey was likely gone from prison for 18 hours before guards noticed a dummy was placed in his bed.