Inmate caught breaking back into jail with stolen smokes

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WOODBINE, Ga. -- Police say a south Georgia inmate was arrested this morning as he tried to sneak back into jail with 14 packs of stolen cigarettes.

Camden County Sheriff Tommy Gregory said Harry Jackson, 25, was spotted and arrested as deputies investigated a 1:55 a.m. breakout and the burglary of a nearby convenience store.

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Mr. Jackson was in jail on a variety of drug charges.

“We thought we had two separate incidents. By the time we locate this guy, he’s one and the same,’’ the sheriff said.

Jail personnel suspected someone had broken out when a detention officer routinely checking doors found one to be unlocked that had been secure a few minutes earlier. As officers tried to determine who was missing, patrol deputies responded to an alarm at the Snappy Foods store about a block away, the sheriff said.

Meanwhile back at the jail, a deputy saw the shadow of a man trying to stealthily get into the jail. The man was arrested and found to be an inmate carrying about 14 packs of cigarettes, Sheriff Gregory said.

“When I took office Jan. 1, there were rumors that inmates were using wire off brooms to pop these electronic locks,’’ the sheriff said. “It turned out to be true.’’

The inmates were suspected of leaving through a recreation room door and getting out into the exercise yard where they could pick up contraband tossed over the fence, Sheriff Gregory said.

In fact, the sheriff said he suspects that played a role in the breakout.

The inmate was to have gone into the exercise yard and picked up cigarettes which are no longer allowed inside the jail, but found none. Having been told by other inmates to not come back without cigarettes, he climbed the fence and made his way to Snappy Foods.

There he broke a window, got into the store and took the cigarettes. As he tried to get back with the cigarettes, he was caught.

Jail cameras showed other inmates acting suspiciously and investigators are interviewing other inmates to determine if others were involved in a conspiracy, Sheriff Gregory said.

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angiescloudsdisappeared
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angiescloudsdisappeared 03/07/09 - 07:15 pm
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Brilliant.

Brilliant.

angiescloudsdisappeared
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angiescloudsdisappeared 03/07/09 - 07:16 pm
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Did they git ta keep the

Did they git ta keep the smokes? bwwhahaha

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/07/09 - 07:59 pm
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Conspiracy? Naw, just cravin'

Conspiracy? Naw, just cravin' nicotine.

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Dan White 03/07/09 - 08:11 pm
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cigarettes are used as money

cigarettes are used as money in jails, baroness

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/07/09 - 09:00 pm
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Gee, if he broke out, and the

Gee, if he broke out, and the other inmates were still in, what was he afraid of? We Will probably see this one on Dumb Crooks. Or is it Stupid Crooks. Let's call this one Dumb and Stupid!

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 03/07/09 - 10:47 pm
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At least he was going back to

At least he was going back to where he belongs. lawl.

GnipGnop1
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GnipGnop1 03/07/09 - 10:48 pm
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Dumb crook news anyone? Maybe

Dumb crook news anyone? Maybe he found out what the unemployment rate was and decided he was better off in jail.

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 03/08/09 - 02:42 am
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Na, He heard on the news that

Na, He heard on the news that all that Obama chatter about paying his rent and stuff was BS.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 03/08/09 - 08:39 am
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Your lust for Obama is

Your lust for Obama is showing.

WW1949
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WW1949 03/08/09 - 10:02 am
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I am waiting for my power and

I am waiting for my power and gas check. So far all I do is give. I understood that was going to change said the girl after he was elected. Another politician going back on his word. Didn't expect it anyway, I am one of the producers he is going to tax more.

reader54
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reader54 03/08/09 - 12:07 pm
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In federal prison ONE

In federal prison ONE cigarette can cost Twenty dollars !! They are much more in demand than illegal drugs. Why ? Because they are the most addictive drug known to man. Yeah, just add them to the War on Drugs and let the insanity continue.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/08/09 - 03:49 pm
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This story sounds like

This story sounds like something out of the Dukes of Hazzard.

rabbit town
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rabbit town 03/08/09 - 08:14 pm
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poor dummy now he has two

poor dummy now he has two more charges added on.
I read it but I still can't believe it. Sure hope he isn't a minoriyy like me.

mable8
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mable8 03/09/09 - 04:40 pm
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Well, let's see: 1 count B/E,

Well, let's see: 1 count B/E, 1 count burglary, 1 count attempted B/E, and 1 count escapte--seems like he'll be quite a bit older when he gets out; have to remember there are prior charges to be reckoned wiith. What a Duh moment!

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