Quay County Detention Center Administrator Anthony Elebario points out the five holes drilled in the west wall of the facility over the weekend. Quay County Sun photo: Ryn Gargulinski
The Quay County Detention Center experienced a jail break over the weekend. No inmates attempted to escape, but Detention Center Administrator Anthony Elebario said there is evidence someone tried to break in.
The report at the Quay County sheriff’s office states “vandalism” and “criminal damage to property” occurred to the building. Officials said five holes were drilled in the center’s west wall of the B pod. The largest hole was approximately 3 inches in diameter and 6 inches deep, with the damage occurring sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, the report said. Officials said there are no suspects.
Elebario said the damage done to the 16-inch deep cinder-block walls was most likely from people trying to smuggle in drugs.
“This is not the first time something like this has happened,” said Elebario, who noticed the damage Monday morning when he reported for work.
Elebario related a drug-smuggling incident he said happened about 10 years ago, when he was on duty with another staff member and they heard noises on the roof. He said they went outside to find a man atop the building, breaking through the skylights to drop drugs down inside.
“We chased the guy,” Elebario said, “and the guy jumped through the cloth canopy that we had to replace.” The canopy is now made out of metal and an additional piece of material was installed so nothing could fall through the skylight, Elebario said.
With six guards on duty on any given shift, two of whom would be available to check the grounds, Elebario said officers are usually too busy checking on what’s occurring inside the facility to worry about the outside.
Since the five drillings happened while the center’s exterior is in the process of being revamped, Elebario said plugging the holes on Monday morning cost the taxpayers nothing.
But it did cause some grief for at least one fellow.
“We just finished that wall,” said Greg Rouzier, who is serving 90 days for a probation violation and painting the exterior as part of the good-time program. “Now we’re going to have to repaint the whole thing to make it match.”