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Tanks for the Lift: Inmate Escapes in Armored Vehicle

April 4, 1993

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ A stolen army tank burst through three prison gates Sunday, picked up a waiting inmate then rumbled away, authorities said.

Police said the escapee, Lothar Luft, 52, was serving a life sentence for murder at the prison in Schwalmstadt, about 40 miles north of Frankfurt.

Police said the 18-ton tank was stolen Saturday from an army garrison in nearby Marbug.

After the breakout, the tank was abandoned along a nearby stretch of highway, but Luft and the tank driver were gone.

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