The search commenced when wardens went to check in on a 50-year-old inmate after he did not show up to breakfast, only to find the bars of his cell window were sawed off and he was gone.
The unidentified inmate had been in jail since 1983 on a life sentence for various crimes, including a robbery in which someone was killed.
The inmate's cell was on the top floor of the building. When a prison employee spotted him in an attic room, he surrendered without resistance. Police were investigating how he got hold of a saw.
A prison spokesman told The Local: "I don't know whether he received a cake recently, but the entire incident is like something out of a film."