A group of inmates in Alabama have found themselves in a bit of a sticky situation.
Earlier this week, 12 inmates managed to stroll out of Walker County Jail in Jasper, Alabama all thanks to a stash of peanut butter. If you’re picturing the group coating the cell bars with nut butter and then squeezing between the metal, you get an A+ for imagination, but their plan was even more sly than that.
First, the men, whose ages ranged from 18 to 30, collected a surplus of the spreadable snack by scraping it off their sandwiches during mealtime. Then, they moulded the peanut butter into a number, just like children do with Play-Doh.
Why? Above each of the doors within the jail, there are numbers, which the guards use to determine who’s in which cell. But the inmates used the peanut butter to sneakily alter one of the numbers above a door that led outside, making the door to freedom look just like an ordinary, locked cell.
Once the fake number was in place, an inmate managed to get a rookie guard — who thought he was just returning the inmate to his cell — to open the door leading to the outside world. After the door opened, several criminals fled the prison.
“Changing some numbers on the door with peanut butter — that may sound crazy,” James E. Underwood, the county sheriff, said during a press conference. “But these people are crazy like a fox… They scheme all the time to con us and our employees here at the jail.”
All 12 of the inmates, whose crimes range from domestic violence to attempted murder, have since been captured, though one of them did get as far as Florida.
This group has likely earned themselves even more time for attempting to escape, and chances are, they’re not going to be served any kind of spread on their bread any time soon.