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Bedford County escapees back in custody

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SHELBYVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Three inmates who escaped from the Bedford County Jail early Thursday morning are back in custody.

John Lovvorn, 20, and James Lynch, 22, were found in Warren County around 4:30 a.m. Friday.  Allen Harris, 34, was found at a motel in Murfreesboro, reported the Shelbyville Times-Gazette.

No other details were immediately available.

Before they escaped, investigators believe the trio spent days plotting the elaborate plan by using nothing more than tape, cardboard, a screwdriver and a phone.

Sheriff Randall Boyce said it all began when one of the men took out the trash after breakfast and another stuffed a piece of cardboard inside the door's lock.

"The latch was only caught about a quarter of what it was supposed to be," Boyce said.

They then placed a piece of tape to mark the spot.

"And stuck it to the exact spot where they needed to run the screwdriver to," Boyce said.

Then, using a screwdriver stolen from a closet, they were free in an instant.

They managed to make a hole in the chain link fence outside the Bedford County Jail and had already made contact with someone on the outside by using a contraband cell phone to make their getaway.

The sheriff said one of the main problems is the jail itself.

"This jail is not set up properly. It's laid out very poorly, and it's so overcrowded it's hard to deal with," he said.

For now, though, the funds are not there for a new facility.

"And I can understand that we would rather build roads and schools," Boyce said.

While the sheriff said he does not believe these escapees are dangerous - Lovvorn was doing time for aggravated burglary, Lynch was jailed on drug charges and Harris failed to appear in court - he said the public can rest assured law enforcement will catch them.

"We will turn over every rock. We'll find them," he said.

During the search, a Shelbyville officer crashed his police car on South Cannon Boulevard. The officer wasn't seriously hurt.

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