Cops: Jailed Suspect's Kiss-and-Escape Plot Foiled

A burglary suspect planned to escape using a handcuff key his girlfriend would pass him during either a hug or a kiss in court, but he forgot one crucial factor, authorities say.

The problem, they said, was that James Miller allegedly discussed the plot with Theresa Fougere during phone calls from jail, which are monitored by the Norfolk County sheriff's department.

Inmates are warned the phone conversations aren't private.

Miller, 38, who was being held on a charge of heroin possession and was a suspect in several store burglaries, now has been charged with attempted escape and conspiracy.

Fougere, 46, was arrested Monday on charges of attempting to aid a felon to escape. Quincy police said they interviewed her during the weekend and she gave them the key.

A spokesman for the sheriff's office didn't know where she got the key.