Plymouth Jailbreak Plot Foiled by Shards of Glass ; Inmate Charged with Trying to Escape Through Window

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PLYMOUTH - Knotted bed sheets, glass shards and a hidden ladder nearly spelled freedom for two Plymouth County jail inmates attempting a daring break out. But Corrections Officer Brendan Aiguier foiled the plan. Shards of glass he found below a second-floor cell window gave the pair away.

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"Such escape plans are somewhat routine in an institution with 1,600 inmates all wishing they were on the outside," Plymouth County Sheriff's spokesman John Birtwell said. "That's why security is so important. We're certainly pleased that our security measures foiled the plan."

On Tuesday, Michael F. Burns, 24, pleaded innocent in Plymouth District Court to charges of escape and two counts of vandalizing jail property in connection with the July incident. He was held on $2,500 bail and is due back in court March 11.

Burns, in jail pending trial on a robbery charge, and his cellmate, Stanley Ulatowski, a federal inmate awaiting trial, took metal screws from a speaker inside their cell and jammed them between the ladder bolts and the bunk bed frame and kicked at the ladder until it detached from the bed, according to sheriff's reports.

Once the ladder was loose, they smashed out the cell window, collected the glass pieces and hid them in a bed sheet, Burns told investigators.

The two worked from about 5 to 11 p.m., avoiding the overnight shift, when the cell block is quiet, Burns told investigators.

Aiguier found the broken glass the following morning during a perimeter check of the building, the reports said.

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