CRIME

Engineer: Cutting through steel pipe at NY prison where killers escaped was professional job

  • FILE - This file photo provided by New York State Governor's office shows the area where two convicted murderers used power tools to cut through steel pipes at the Clinton Correctional facility in Dannemora, N.Y. A licensed engineer who has done work at the Clinton Correctional facility where two killers escaped last weekend said the work of cutting through a cell wall and a steam pipe was done with a high degree of professionalism. Larry Jeffords, owner of Jeffords Steel and Engineering in upstate New York, told The Associated Press that convicts David Sweat, 34, and Richard Matt, 48, were either very proficient with the tools they used _ or they had help. (Darren McGee/New York State Governor's Office, via AP, File)

    FILE - This file photo provided by New York State Governor's office shows the area where two convicted murderers used power tools to cut through steel pipes at the Clinton Correctional facility in Dannemora, N.Y. A licensed engineer who has done work at the Clinton Correctional facility where two killers escaped last weekend said the work of cutting through a cell wall and a steam pipe was done with a high degree of professionalism. Larry Jeffords, owner of Jeffords Steel and Engineering in upstate New York, told The Associated Press that convicts David Sweat, 34, and Richard Matt, 48, were either very proficient with the tools they used _ or they had help. (Darren McGee/New York State Governor's Office, via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This file photo provided by the New York State Governor's office shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo looking at the area where two convicted murderers used power tools to cut through steel pipes at the Clinton Correctional facility in Dannemora, N.Y. A licensed engineer who has done work at the Clinton Correctional facility where two killers escaped last weekend said the work of cutting through a cell wall and a steam pipe was done with a high degree of professionalism. Larry Jeffords, owner of Jeffords Steel and Engineering in upstate New York, told The Associated Press that convicts David Sweat, 34, and Richard Matt, 48, were either very proficient with the tools they used _ or they had help. (Darren McGee/New York State Governor's Office, via AP, File)

    FILE - This file photo provided by the New York State Governor's office shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo looking at the area where two convicted murderers used power tools to cut through steel pipes at the Clinton Correctional facility in Dannemora, N.Y. A licensed engineer who has done work at the Clinton Correctional facility where two killers escaped last weekend said the work of cutting through a cell wall and a steam pipe was done with a high degree of professionalism. Larry Jeffords, owner of Jeffords Steel and Engineering in upstate New York, told The Associated Press that convicts David Sweat, 34, and Richard Matt, 48, were either very proficient with the tools they used _ or they had help. (Darren McGee/New York State Governor's Office, via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A licensed engineer who has done work at the prison in upstate New York where two men escaped last weekend said the work of cutting through a cell wall and a steam pipe was a professional job.

Larry Jeffords, owner of Jeffords Steel and Engineering, tells The Associated Press that convicts David Sweat and Richard Matt were either very proficient with the tools they used — or they had help.

Jeffords' opinion is based on seeing photographs in the media.

Jeffords says cutting the cell wall and steel pipe would have taken about four hours and he's surprised nobody heard noise or saw sparks.

The killers cut through a steel wall, broke through bricks and crawled through a steam pipe before emerging through a manhole outside the prison grounds.