Two Inmates Who Tunneled Their Way Out of Jail Only Had a Small Taste of Freedom After Getting Caught at IHOP John Garza and Arley Nemo were found sitting at a table after their "Shawshank-style" escape.

By Sam Silverman

Two Virginia inmates appear to have taken some notes from Andy Dufresne and his passageway to freedom.

Inmates John Garza, 37, and Arley Nemo, 43, reportedly tunneled their way through the cell walls of Newport News Jail Annex and escaped on Monday afternoon, Newport News Sheriff's Office told ABC News. However, their freedom was short-lived after they were caught at a nearby IHOP.

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Garza had been in custody since December on probation violations and contempt of court charges. Nemo was in custody on credit card fraud, grand larceny, and other charges since October. Both were discovered to be missing during a routine head count Monday evening before staff discovered they had burrowed through the cell wall.

The tunnel led to the outside of the building, where the escapees had to then climb over a security wall before exiting the premises, according to authorities. However, it's still unclear how exactly the pair managed to pull off such a stunt.

Newport News Sheriff's Office took to Twitter to alert the community about their escape and for any details on the inmates' whereabouts.

The two were eventually found and arrested while sitting at a table in a nearby IHOP around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Daily Press. Law enforcement was tipped off by a bystander in the pancake house who recognized the jailbirds from news reports, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office told the outlet.

Once they were found, the inmates reportedly surrendered peacefully and were arrested and taken back into custody.

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Sam Silverman

Entrepreneur Staff

Content Strategy Editor

Sam Silverman is a content strategy editor at Entrepreneur Media. She specializes in search engine optimization (SEO), and her work can be found in The US Sun, Nicki Swift, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style and Health. Her coverage spans from business and tech to entertainment news. Sam is a graduate of Lehigh University and currently resides in NYC. 

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