According to Chief deputy Jimmy Kilgore, the first inmate Robert Edwin Pike, 67, of Sylacauga, was awaiting trial for manufacture of a controlled substance.
The second suspect, Jeremy Allen Bryant, also of Sylacauga, was being held on a forgery charge.
Both men were trusties assigned to a work detail at the jail about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when they managed to get a corrections officer’s truck keys, driving off in his Dodge Ram pickup. Although there were two firearms in the truck, they were concealed and the escapees probably never realized they were there, Kilgore said.
Kilgore said Pike was captured first, still driving the stolen truck on Coaling Road in Sylacauga.
Bryant was found shortly afterward, in a cemetery on Rocky Mountain Church Road, near the watershed.
“Both are back in jail pending numerous additional charges,” Kilgore said.
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