Police run along the riverbank near Clarenza looking for two escaped prisoners from Grafton Jail.
Police run along the riverbank near Clarenza looking for two escaped prisoners from Grafton Jail. ADAM HOURIGAN

Jailbreak leads to police manhunt

JAILBREAKER Luke Baillee could be in hiding on the Coffs Coast.

A man fitting his description stole a car from South Grafton on Thursday night and dumped it yesterday morning in Coffs Harbour's Ocean Parade.

He then broke into another car parked nearby and drove off.

About 1.30pm on Thursday, Baillee and another inmate escaped from Grafton Jail and were seen running into scrub.

A massive police manhunt swung into operation and officers searched the area with the help of Corrective Services guards.

About 3pm police were combing the area near Alipou Creek in South Grafton when they found one of the escapees hiding in bushes.

The 26-year-old was arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station where he was charged with escaping from lawful custody.

He was due to face Grafton Local Court yesterday.

Meanwhile, Baillee, 29, is believed to have broken into a home in South Grafton's Hawthorne Street at 11.30pm on Thursday and, after confronting an occupant, grabbed the keys to a maroon 1991 Ford Fairlane with registration AGK 30A.

It is believed he drove that car south to Coffs Harbour and abandoned it in Ocean Parade about 9.30am yesterday.

Baillee is then thought to have driven off in a white 2009 Toyota Camry with Queensland registration 966 MQN.

He is described as Caucasian in appearance, about 187cm tall with a slim build, about 70kg, with brown hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing prison greens but is also thought to have been wearing a blue cardigan.

Baillee, who is believed to frequent the Gold Coast area, should not be approached. If you see him, you are urged to immediately call 000.



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