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Police believe an inmate used a drone to escape from prison

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A South Carolina inmate broke out of a maximum-security prison using wire cutters apparently flown in by drone, officials said Friday.

Convicted kidnapper Jimmy Causey, 46, was recaptured at a Texas motel before daybreak, more than two days after bolting to freedom on the Fourth of July. It was the second time in 12 years that he escaped.

According to investigators, Causey used a smuggled-in cellphone to coordinate the delivery of the tools he used to breakout. Police say he cut through four fences and left a dummy in his bed, fooling his guards.

When he was caught, he had about $47,000 in cash, an ID card and two guns, authorities said.

Investigators are still trying to confirm if a drone was actually used to deliver the tools.

Authorities in Britain said two inmates there escaped from prison last year by cutting through window bars using a saw and wire cutters that were believed to have been flown in via drone.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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