SUMMERVILLE — Two North Carolina prison escapees were caught Friday morning in Summerville as one of the men pumped gas into a stolen pickup truck.
Summerville police officer Trey Hardy was dispatched around 3 a.m. to the Tiger Express Gas Station at 10002 Dorchester Road for an unrelated call and recognized the truck from a law enforcement bulletin, Dorchester County Sheriff's 1st Sgt. Mike Miller said.
The grandmother of one of the escapees, Jesse McCrobie, lives in Summerville, North Carolina Department of Correction Public Affairs Director Keith Acree said.
"I don't know if they ever got to her house or not," he said.
McCrobie, 27, was serving a little more than three years and had convictions for drug use and sales, driving while intoxicated, breaking and entering, and larceny, Acree said.
He was with inmate Cloman Smith, 30, who was serving 12 years for being a habitual felon. He also has convictions for robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon, Acree said.
Smith and McCrobie escaped Wednesday from their work assignment at a chicken house at Odom Correctional Institution in Jackson, Acree said.
Prison officials think the men hid in the woods until that night, when they robbed two hunters staying in a cabin near the prison property, Acree said.
Acree said one of the inmates was armed with a machete. The hunters were tied up with duct tape and robbed of their wallets, cell phones, a pistol, two rifles and the truck, Acree said. The inmates also stole camouflage clothing, he said. Acree said they haven't figured out where the machete came from.
Miller said the escapees were armed when caught. They're being held in the Dorchester County Jail pending their return to North Carolina, where they'll be charged with escape and other offenses related to the robbery, Acree said.