Prison escapee found with cell phone, ID, multiple guns and more than $47,000 cash

Jimmy Causey

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD/AP) – Investigators say an inmate who escaped for the second time from maximum security prisons in South Carolina used wire cutters that were likely dropped from a drone.

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said 46-year-old Jimmy Causey was arrested around 4 a.m. Friday as he slept in a motel room in Austin, Texas. Authorities got a tip at around 1 a.m. Friday, July 7, where they tracked him down to that motel.

We’re told he did not resist arrest.

Keel says Causey had more than $47,000, a semi-automatic pistol, a pump shotgun, ammunition and several cell phones when he was caught after more than two days on the run in a well-planned escape.

At a news conference in Columbia on Friday, July 7, authorities said Causey left Lieber Correctional Institution on July 4 at around 8 p.m. After receiving word of his escape, officials verified at around 2 p.m. on July 5 that he was missing.

South Carolina Corrections Director Bryan Stirling says Causey used a cellphone to arrange his escape, and a drone likely dropped the wire cutters Causey used to cut through four fences at the Lieber on July 4.

Stirling says Causey was likely gone from prison for six hours before guards noticed a dummy was placed in his bed.

Authorities believe there are a number of people who assisted in the escape. They are currently being tracking down, in order to be brought to justice.

The investigation will now turn to lapses in policy and procedure at the prison, which is part of the post-capture process.

We’re told Causey was in with the general population at the time of the escape.

Causey had escaped from a Columbia prison in 2005 and was caught three days later.

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