Escapees use power tools to break out of upstate New York prison

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DANNEMORA, NY – Calling all cars! Calling all cars! Be on the look out for two escaped prison inmates. May be armed with power tools.

Richard Matt and David Sweat have been on the lam since Saturday after drilling and digging their way out of a New York prison near the Canadian border.

Authorities Matt and Sweat fooled guards with dummies to make it look as if they were in their bunks asleep.

Then, they used power tools to cut a hole in the back of their cell, cutting through steel. That gave them access to a catwalk.

They shimmied down into a tunnel where they broke through a 24-inch brick wall, then cut through a 24-inch steel vertical pipe.

At the end of that pipe, they cut another hole, and crawled into the city sewer.

From there, they reached a manhole, cutting through a steel lock and chain before disappearing into the neighborhood about a block from the prison.

Authorities believe the power tools came from construction projects at the prison.

“We're looking at civilian employees now and the private contractors to see if possibly one, a civilian employee or a contractor was assisting this escape because they wouldn't have had the equipment on their own that's for sure,” said New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

The state has a $100,000 bounty on the heads of these two guys, who left behind a racist drawing just before they made their race for freedom.