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Video shows escapee climbing out of prison vent in Adelaide

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A prisoner who escaped a prison in Adelaide’s CBD has stolen a car as police continue their search.

Security video has shown how an inmate escaped from the Adelaide Remand Centre this morning.

Jason Burdon, who is still on the run, fled through the prison's kitchen area about 10.20am.

Video shows Burdon emerge from an air vent high on the side of the centre, then lower himself onto the footpath with the aid of a string of clothes tied together.

At 12.45pm investigators say the 33-year-old stole a black Toyota RAV4 with registration S279BBL, from Military Road at West Lakes Shore.

Jason Burdon

The car is distinctive with silver roof racks and a camping awning on one side.

The 33-year-old was being held in the centre for firearm offences and breach of bail.

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Police say Burdon stole a black e-bike when he first escaped and was seen heading towards Port Road.

Investigators do not believe Burdon poses a threat to the community, describing his offending as "lower end" but would like him to be found as soon as possible.

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Officers and the dog squad are searching the areas around the Currie Street prison and using CCTV footage to help with the search.

Police are encouraging Burdon to "do the right thing" and make contact.

The inmate is described as being about 165cm tall, with a medium build and light brown hair.

He was last seen wearing navy blue t-shirt, navy blue shorts with dark coloured socks and work boots.

The centre was privatised by the state government last year, sparking calls today to return it to public hands.

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Anyone with information on Burdon's whereabouts or possible sightings should contact police.

Source: 9News

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