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Two inmates escape from New Brunswick prison

DORCHESTER, N.B. - Police are searching for two inmates who correctional officials say escaped Friday from a minimum-security penitentiary in New Brunswick by climbing through a kitchen window.

The two men left the Westmorland Institution in Dorchester, N.B., some time before 4:45 a.m., said Daniel Melanson, a correctional officer at the facility.

Melanson said they left through their living quarter's kitchen window.

Housing units at the facility are shared with other inmates and have several rooms including a kitchen, living room and dining room. Melanson said the inmates can walk freely between the rooms, but are confined to the housing unit from 10:15 p.m. to 7 a.m. when alarms are placed on the doors.

"The window was taken apart, so the inmates could climb out through the windows versus going out the front door and sounding the alarms," Melanson said.

Melanson said he couldn't say how the window was taken apart.

The RCMP said the men, who were serving time for property-related offences, are suspected of stealing a white 2006 GMC pickup truck with New Brunswick licence plate number CNV 433.

The Mounties said there was a good possibility they were heading to Nova Scotia.

They are looking for Bradley Barton of Pugwash, N.S., and Justin Lavigine of Truro, N.S.

Barton, 22, is six-foot, 265 pounds with a fair complexion, green eyes and shaved brown hair. He was serving a three-year sentence for crimes involving property-related offences, failing to comply with court orders and driving while disqualified.

Lavigine is 22 years old, five-foot-eight, 179 pounds with a fair complexion, hazel eyes and short brown hair. He was serving a two-year sentence for property crimes and breach of conditions.

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