Harry Jackson, 25, was arrested in the wee hours of Saturday morning as he tried to break back into the Camden County Detention Facility.
The other inmates told Jackson not to return until he obtained cigarettes.
Due to overcrowding, some bunks are in use in the recreation room. Using the wire from a straw broom, Jackson shorted out the electronic door lock between the rec room and the exercise yard where he scaled the fence.
At this point, Jackson broke into the Snappy Foods Convenience store on the next block, stole 14 packs of smokes, and was apprehended trying to break back into jail.