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Reward increased in search for jail escapee

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CONROE, Texas (FOX 26) -

Residents are on edge after an inmate broke out of the Montgomery County Jail.

"He was able to scale the wall with the assistance of other inmates," explains Lt. Dan Norris with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. After climbing the wall 40-year-old Britt Privatte was able to peel away overhead fencing and escape to freedom.

"We did find a jail uniform on the roof," says Norris.

"I'm pretty close to the jail and they set up road blocks right out here by my house. They were searching cars and even checking trunks," explains area resident Bernadine Sebastian.

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies were concentrating their search for the escapee in a residential area about a mile South of the jail after someone reported seeing a suspicious man wearing boxer shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt in that area.

Privatte broke out of the Montgomery County Jail sometime before 1 p.m. on Sunday. Monday evening sheriff's deputies were still combing the area trying to put the escapee back behind bars.

"Considering why he was in jail we have to consider him dangerous. We don't know if he was armed, we can't speculate but he is considered dangerous," says Norris. Privatte, who has a Sugar Land address, was in jail in Montgomery County for allegedly robbing a Kingwood bank in January. He also has an arrest record from Walker County, drug charges in Houston, a burglary case in Harris County and has three aggravated robbery charges in Fort Bend County.

"It's pretty scary," says Sebastian.

Those inmates who helped Privatte by hoisting him over the wall now face charges of facilitating an escape. Montgomery County officials are re-evaluating the jail and figuring out if any changes or additional measures need to take place to better secure the facility. There is a $5,000 reward if you have information that helps lead to Privatte's capture.

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