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Peruvian prisoner escapes after drugging twin and stealing his clothes

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a gate in front of a fence © Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited A Peruvian prisoner has been recaptured after escaping prison by drugging his twin brother and stealing his clothes.

Alexander Jheferson Delgado Herrera was serving a 16-year prison sentence when he escaped on January 10, 2017, the Guardian reports.

During a visit from his twin brother Giancarlo Delgado Herrera, Jheferson allegedly drugged him before stealing his clothes and simply walking out the door.

A year-long chase was then initiated with authorities offering up to 20,000 Peruvian sol (NZ$ 8350) for information leading to his arrest.

At the time, authorities were confused about how he had been able to walk out of prison.

"It's unbelievable - in 12 years nobody had escaped from Ancón I," former justice minister Marisol Pérez Tello remarked.

His brother was caught up in all the chaos, with authorities initially believing he had been a willing participant in the escape.

Mr Delgado Herrera's life on the lamb ended on on Tuesday (local time) when authorities located him in the seaside district of Callao.

He's now on his way back to prison, but it's unlikely his twin brother will be visiting him again in a hurry.

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