Inmates use toothpaste, pancake batter to hide hole

Associated Press - June 26, 2007 9:54 AM ET

SCOTT CITY, Mo. (AP) - Steel plates are being added to interior walls at the Scott City Jail, after inmates used pancake batter and toothpaste to cover up a hole they'd made.

Scott City Police Chief Don Cobb says the hole through an interior wall was discovered this weekend. He says inmates removed a block, allowing a female inmate to slide into the next cell, where a male inmate was housed.

He says the inmates fashioned a digging tool with a nail, a wire from a light fixture and a toothbrush.

The mixture used to cover the digging was nearly identical to mortar in appearance. Prisoners were to stay in a county jail until a security check is completed at the city building.

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