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Compact Criminal

A Walmart store in Alliance, Ohio, called police to report a man had wheeled an estimated $1,000 worth of merchandise out of the store without paying for it. When officers arrived they chased after the suspect, but lost him in the darkness. They searched for 40 minutes before a frantic 911 call: “I’m in the back of a trash truck that keeps compacting me!” James Brienzo, 37, had apparently hidden from police in a trash dumpster, which was picked up minutes later. “He was pretty well compacted” by the time officers found the right truck, Police Chief Scott Griffith said. Brienzo was so intertwined with the 6–8 tons trash that the truck had to dump its load to free him, and he was hospitalized in critical condition. His arrest record filled 26 pages, including a previous arrest at the same Walmart. (RC/Canton Times-Reporter, WJW Cleveland) ...Think he learned his lesson this time? Nah, me either.
Original Publication Date: 17 October 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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