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Escaped Inmates Captured in S.C.

Posted December 7, 2007 6:25 a.m. EST
Updated December 7, 2007 7:57 p.m. EST

— Two inmates who left their work assignment at a Northampton County prison farm Wednesday and robbed two hunters were captured in South Carolina early Friday, authorities said.

Cloman Smith, 30, and Jesse McCrobie, 27, left the Odom Prison Farm in Jackson early Wednesday afternoon. Several hours later, two hunters at a Northampton hunting club were robbed.

A Summerville police officer arrested the pair at about 3 a.m. Friday after spotting them in a red and gold, 2005 F-150 pickup truck that had been stolen from the hunters, said Keith Acree, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Correction.

McCrobie’s grandmother lives in Summerville, and authorities believe he and Smith were trying to see her, Acree said.

Smith and McCrobie were serving sentences at Tillery Correctional Facility, a minimum-security prison in Halifax County, and were assigned to work at the poultry house at the farm.

Smith is serving a 12.5-year sentence as a habitual felon and was set to be released in 2010.

McCrobie is serving a 3-year sentence for a number of crimes, including drug possession, drug sales, felony breaking-and-entering, larceny and driving while impaired. He was set to be released in September 2009.

Authorities said a machete was used to rob the hunters, but it was unclear where it came from.

The two hunters were tied up with duct tape, and their wallets, cell phones, a 9 mm handgun, 7 mm rifle and .223-caliber rifle were stolen along with the truck, authorities said.