German Inmate Mails Himself Free
Warden unsurprised by crazy escape, calls for more guards
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2008 1:03 PM CST
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(Newser) – German police are on a manhunt for a convicted drug dealer who escaped from prison by mailing himself in a cardboard box, the BBC reports. The 42-year-old man crawled into the box after a long shift of making stationery. An unwitting express courier then loaded the box onto his truck and drove off. The prisoner soon cut a hole in the tarpaulin covering the truck’s cargo and ran off.

The prison’s chief warden said the incident was embarrassing, but unsurprising. “For years I had been asking for more security guards from the government,” she said. “Now they'll have to listen.” She says other convicts must have known of the plan but won’t talk for fear of facing criminal charges.