AUBURN — The Androscoggin County sheriff says he has sent two inmates to jails elsewhere in the state after uncovering a plot to escape the county lockup.

Sheriff Guy Desjardins said Tuesday that officials received a tip just before Christmas that two inmates intended to escape through a broken window.

Desjardins tells the Sun Journal the plot remains under investigation.

The men who planned to escape allegedly include a Lewiston man facing an attempted murder charge for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend and a Portland man accused of aggravated assault for allegedly knocking down a police officer with a car.

Desjardins doubts the plan would have worked. He said glass in a window facing the adjacent YMCA had been smashed, but a steel bar likely would have prevented escape.