Twelve inmates broke out of an Alabama prison facility using only a jar of peanut butter.
Prison staff at the Walker County Jail in Jasper, Alabama, were left red-faced when the twelve convicts managed a successful bid for freedom, with some of the escaped inmates making off in a getaway car afterwards.
The escaped inmates were between the ages of 18-30-years-old, all serving time for offences including attempted murder and disorderly conduct.
So, I hear you ask, how does the peanut butter figure in this bizarre prison break scenario?
According to Walker County Sheriff, James Underwood, the 12 escape artists pulled it off by covering the numbers of the identifying doors with peanut butter.
They then called a new – and unsuspecting – prison guard to open the door from his control booth, who assumed they wanted to get back to their cells, reports AL.com.
As the unfortunate guard was still new to the job and not familiar with the layout of the prison, he unlocked the doors… but not the one he should’ve unlocked.
Turns out the poor guy opened the door to unearned freedom, with the inmates making the most of their opportunity to make a break for it.
At a news conference, Sheriff Underwood explained:
Changing numbers on doors with peanut butter – It may sound crazy, but these kinds of people are crazy – like a fox.
He thought he was opening the cell door for this man to go in his cell, but in fact he opened up the outside door.
To his credit he didn’t blame the guard for unintentionally setting them free, pointing out that ‘escapes happen’:
We’ve got some evil people down here and they scheme all the time to con us and our employees at the jail.
You’ve got to stay on your toes – this is one time we slipped up, but I’m not going to make any excuses – it was a human error that caused this to happen, he’s a young guy, who hadn’t been here that long.
Despite the breakout, which took place Sunday evening, 11 of the 12 inmates have now been re-captured.
The police are still searching for 24-year-old Bradley Andrew Kilpatrick who was arrested for possession of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.
You couldn’t make this up.