Inmate Who Escaped by a Thread Has New Brush With the Law

<i> Associated Press</i>

An inmate who escaped from jail by braiding minty-waxed dental floss into a rope as thick as a phone cord and scaling a fence was captured Tuesday, authorities said.

Five weeks after his escape, Robert Shepard was arrested by state troopers and Wood County Sheriff’s deputies. Authorities allege he had robbed a drugstore.

The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Shepard escaped June 29 from the South Central Regional Jail, where he was awaiting trial on charges he robbed a post office.