Sheriff: 2 inmates captured after jail escape

Mug shots of Michael Bertram (L) and John Dennis (R) provided by the Henry County Sheriff's Dept.
Mug shots of Michael Bertram (L) and John Dennis (R) provided by the Henry County Sheriff's Dept.

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana sheriff says two inmates who escaped from his jail during an overnight work assignment are back in custody after being captured in New Castle.

Henry County Sheriff Butch Baker tells The Star Press (http://tspne.ws/1fKjiPD ) the two men were captured early Monday afternoon inside a home near New Castle High School in the city about 40 miles east of Indianapolis.

Thirty-seven-year-old Michael D. Bertram of Knightstown and 41-year-old Johnny B. Dennis of New Castle had escaped from the jail about 4 a.m. Monday.

Baker says the men had been buffing floors in the county jail when Bertram used a stolen knife to cut a hole in a second-story jail wall, allowing both he and Dennis to climb onto the roof and jump to freedom.

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Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com

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