Inmates used the substance like paint to trick a greenhorn jailer into opening a door that led outside. “It may sound crazy, but these people are crazy like a fox,” said the county sheriff.
A dozen inmates escaped from an Alabama county jail on Sunday by using peanut butter as a paint substitute to change the numbers above a door and trick a new employee into opening another door that led outside, reports the Associated Press. “It may sound crazy, but these people are crazy like a fox,” said Walker County Sheriff James Underwood. He said the inmates changed the number above a cell to the number that identified the door leading outside the jail. When an inmate asked an inexperienced jailer to let him into his cell, the jailer was fooled into opening the outside door instead. The 12 then fled, throwing off orange uniforms and using blankets to climb over a razor-wire fence.
Inmates “scheme all the time to con us and our employees at the jail,” Underwood said. “You have to stay on your toes. This is one time we slipped up. I’m not going to make any excuses.” All but one of the inmates was arrested without incident within eight hours, Underwood said. The only serious injury was to an inmate who sliced his thumb climbing the fence, the sheriff said. The escapees were between ages 18 and 30 and faced charges ranging from disorderly conduct to attempted murder. The missing escapee, Bradley Andrew Kilpatrick, 24, had been jailed on drug charges.