Joseph "Jose" Banks and Kenneth Conley made good their escape from the Metropolitan Correctional Center after last being seen for a head count conducted at about 10 p.m. Monday, authorities said.
The two are believed to have scurried down ropes made from bedsheets from the high-rise cell they shared.
Authorities also revealed that in their cell guards found numerous articles of clothing and sheets piled under a blanket in both their beds to make it appear they were asleep.
The window in the cell was broken and the makeshift rope was tied to its bars and hanging down the south side of the MCC, authorities said.
“A rope was fashioned out of bedsheets,’’ said a spokesman for the MCC. “I would imagine that they saved them up."
Conley and Banks, known as the Second-Hand Bandit who was convicted just last week, were first unaccounted for during a 5 a.m. head count, but it's unclear they were still inside the 27-story Metropolitan Correctional Center at the time, U.S. Marshal's Service spokeswoman Belkis Cantor said.
The makeshift rope could be seen dangling along the south side of the MCC, 71 W. Van Buren St.
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