MONTGOMERY, AL — A dozen inmates escaped from an Alabama jail by using peanut butter to change the numbers above a door and trick a new employee into opening another door that led outside, a sheriff said Monday.
The inmates changed the number above a cell to the number that identified the door leading outside the jail. So, when an inmate asked a young, inexperienced jailer to let him into his cell, the jailer was fooled into opening the outside door instead.
The group then fled, throwing off their orange uniforms and using blankets to climb over a fence topped with razor wire on Sunday evening.
“It may sound crazy, but these people are crazy like a fox,” Walker County Sheriff James Underwood said at a news conference in Jasper. The sheriff said the inmates “went off in every direction,” but all but one were captured within eight hours, and the sheriff said he hoped the last prisoner would be back in custody by the end of the day Monday.
As of now that dude is still on the loose. He was in on drug charges. Now, he’s temporarily free because of peanut butter. 2017!