Prison Break ????— Mario Zimmer (@mzimmer_com) December 28, 2017
No, this isn’t an episode of “Prison Break.” This is real life.
A photo from a surveillance camera trained on the gate of Plotzensee prison in Berlin, Germany, captured the moment four inmates squeezed out of a small window.
They made the Houdini-style escape by breaking a part of the reinforced concrete prison wall between two ventilation gaps, smashing a window and climbing out. The prisoners then scaled a barbed wire fence and fled from the prison, City Justice Ministry spokesperson Michael Reis told a local news agency.
The men had reported for work at a workshop just hours before they made their escape. The inmates climbed their way to freedom shortly before 9 a.m. The prison fence remains undamaged. An alarm was raised half an hour later.
Authorities could not confirm whether the four men had outside help but clothes and tools were found near the scene of the escape. Police have not revealed what tools the inmates used to break through the hard prison pillar.
The inmates’ convictions varied from burglary, theft and bodily harm, among other charges. All four prisoners arrived at the prison this year. Three of them were supposed to be released in 2018 while the fourth one was to be released in 2020.
If caught, it’s probable their sentences will be increased.
Plotzensee is men’s prison with a population of 362 inmates. It has the capacity to house 577 convicted criminals. The facility was established in 1868 and was used during the Germany Nazi era as the primary site for death penalty. The prison became notorious for executing 3,000 people who opposed Hitler’s regime.
Egon Krenz, the Communist leader of East Germany, was sentenced to six and a half years at the prison and spent four years there for crimes during the Cold War.