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Sheriff: Investigation into attempted breach of county jail

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 9:50 am | Updated: 8:27 pm, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

Houston County Sheriff’s deputies have investigated several instances of breaking and entering before, just not into their own jail.

Deputies are looking for the person or persons who attempted to break in to the Houston County Jail early Thursday morning for the purpose of helping an inmate escape.

Sheriff Andy Hughes said deputies and corrections officers discovered an attempted break-in about 6 a.m. Corrections officers performed a security screening within the jail and took an inmate count to make sure no escape occurred.

Hughes declined to reveal many details of the attempt, but said one or more individuals tried to cut through a window into a specific cell block, but could not.

“The jail was never breached and the security of the jail was never compromised,” Hughes said. “There are multiple security features built into the design of a jail that would keep that from happening.”

Hughes said investigators are following several leads and believe they know which inmate was attempting to be sprung, but said he did not want to release any additional details because the investigation is ongoing.

Hughes also said the office will review security procedures to make sure everything that can be done is being done to secure the premises. He said, to his knowledge, no one has ever attempted to breach the jail for the purpose of breaking someone out since he has been Sheriff.

Anyone with information related to the attempted escape is asked to contact the Houston County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division at 677-4809 or the Communications Division at 677-4808.

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