Two inmates who escaped the Colquitt County Correctional Institution Friday night had access to cell phones and were able to short circuit wiring to unlock a fire escape door. Both have been captured.
The second inmate was apprehended Sunday morning. The first suspect was captured in Macon on Saturday after allegedly stealing a truck here.
Colquitt County Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Shannon Hart said Bobby Lee Gunter, 28, was apprehended about 9 a.m. Sunday in the area of Old Adel Road. Gunter and James David Miller, 29, escaped from CCCI Friday night.
Gunter and Miller escaped after shorting out a fire escape door and left the prison, Hart said. They split up after escaping, with Miller making it to Highway 37 East and allegedly stealing a truck.
Richard Goodno reported his Ford F-150 truck was stolen from under his carport on Highway 37 East between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 7:57 a.m. Saturday. The truck was left unlocked with keys left in the ignition, and a handgun and business credit card were also left inside.
The truck was located in Macon Saturday, and Hart said Miller was placed under arrest there. The value of the truck was $15,000, but it was not known if it had been returned to Goodno as of Monday afternoon.
In addition to shorting out the fire escape door, CCCI Warden Billy Howell said Miller and Gunter were carrying cell phones with them. It was unknown how they were able to get the phones, but cell phone smuggling is a problem in every institution in Georgia and nationwide, he said. The CCCI will recover five to 10 cell phones attempting to be smuggled in to inmates each week.
To prevent an escape like the one Friday, Howell said maintenance crews were at the CCCI Monday repairing the door and welding covers on boxes instead of using screws to hold them. If a problem arises with a panel box, it will be scraped off instead of running the chance an inmate could unscrew the panel.