He went on the run for three days before he was captured in Texas on Friday with guns and more than $47,000 in cash. Causey appeared to have coordinated the breakout using the smuggled mobile phone and then used the tools to cut through fences, state Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said. The inmate, who is serving a life sentence for kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges, also left a makeshift dummy in his bed to deceive prison guards in the Alcatraz-style escape bid.
Jimmy Causey escaped and went on the run for three days (Image: Williamson County (Texas) Jail/PA)
“We believe that a drone was used to fly in the tools that allowed him to escape,” Stirling said at a news conference.
Texas Rangers captured the inmate at an Austin, Texas, motel early on Friday. He had a handgun, a shotgun, ammunition, four cell phones and more than $47,000 in cash, state Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said. It was Causey’s second prison escape .
In 2005, he and a fellow inmate escaped from another prison and were captured days later, Columbia television station WIS reported. Deliveries of contraband to prisons by drones have become increasingly common as the unmanned aircraft grow more popular.
Authorities believe a drone was used to deliver tools to help the inmate escape (Image: Getty)
A Maryland inmate was convicted in 2016 of trying to smuggle drugs into a prison using an unmanned aircraft. In 2015, a drone dropped illicit drugs and tobacco into an Ohio prison’s exercise yard, sparking a fight.
In Britain, police recovered two drones carrying cell phones and drugs near a London prison last year and have set up a special unit – Operation Airborne – to catch offenders trying to fly contraband into jail.
Stirling said he and prison officials from around the United States have repeatedly asked federal authorities to allow state agencies to block cell phone transmissions from prisons.
Shocking footage has emerged showing a pregnant shoplifter lashing out at a security guard during a violent clash in front of horrified shoppers in the West Midlands. The two-minute-long video shows the undercover store detective desperately trying to detain a struggling Katie Adams outside a New Look store, in the Bullring, Birmingham. A passerby can he heard screaming at the security guard, while another shouts that she is ******* pregnant , reports the Birmingham Mail.1
Eventually, a PSCO arrived at the scene and attempted to calm the commotion as Adams cried into his uniform and reached out for a man in the crowd.
She can be heard telling the officer that she didn t have any stolen goods, before being escorted into the store. West Midlands Police confirmed that they attended the scene and that a woman was charged with theft and assaulting a security guard.
Adams, of Wordsworth Road, Small Heath, received a six-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to the two offences when she appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday. She was also ordered not to enter Birmingham city centre or the inner ring road for 12 months, except to attend court and probation appointments.
The video was filmed by an onlooker, who was visiting the city with a friend and their children . She told the Birmingham Mail: It was terrible. A spokesman for New Look said that they were aware of the incident.