(CNN) -- A manhunt is under way Tuesday for two inmates who chipped their way out of a New Jersey jail and left behind a note wishing authorities "Happy Holidays."
Officials say the two inmates carved an 18-inch hole in the wall of one of their cells and wiggled through it. Jose Espinosa, 20, and Otis Blunt, 32, who are considered armed and dangerous, were discovered missing from their cells at about 5:15 p.m. Saturday, according to Ted Romankow, Union County, New Jersey's prosecutor.
Once the cement block between the cells was removed, they smashed the block and hid the pieces in a footlocker.
"I think this is a very serious situation you saw," he said. "I really prefer not to compare with any movie, although I can understand why you might, because it does look certainly very similar to some of them. Except in 'The Shawshank Redemption,' they had a better poster on the wall."
Romankow said several agencies were involved in the statewide hunt