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Criminal Hides In Dumpster; Gets Compacted 8 Times

Criminal Hides In Dumpster; Gets Compacted 8 Times

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Akron Beacon Journal

September 24, 2010

ALLIANCE, OH – A suspected shoplifter was injured Wednesday morning when he jumped into a trash bin and ended up getting compacted in a garbage truck.

James Michael Brienzo, 37, of Barberton, was taken by medical helicopter to a Cleveland hospital after he was freed from the compacted garbage, said Lt. Bill Morris of the Alliance Police Department.

‘’It was mostly cardboard,’’ said Morris, who assisted in the rescue from the truck. ‘’He was injured pretty severely.’’

Police were initially called around 6 a.m. about a suspected theft in progress at the Wal-Mart store at 2700 W. State St.

Responding officers located an unoccupied vehicle parked and left running near a rear door of the store, Morris said.

Police said Brienzo exited the store through a nearby fire door with a shopping cart full of merchandise. He then ran from the officers.

The officers gave chase, but lost sight of the suspect when he fled into the darkness behind the store.

About an hour later, Alliance dispatchers received a call from Akron claiming to be a friend of Brienzo’s. The man told police that Brienzo had just called him and said he had been hiding in a Dumpster near the Wal-Mart when it was picked up and dumped into a trash truck. The Akron man told the dispatcher that his friend needed help.

Officers began searching for the trash truck. Meanwhile, dispatchers made contact with the suspect on his cell phone.

‘’We spoke with him a little bit until the truck started compacting,’’ and Brienzo started screaming, Morris said.

Dispatchers began tracking Brienzo’s whereabouts using the global positioning system on his cell phone.

Officers stopped the truck on North Walnut Avenue at River Street and climbed into it in an attempt to free the suspect. Unable to extricate him, they had the truck emptied at the Alliance recycling center.

‘’It was a good thing we found him. It was the last stop before he was headed to Warren. He wouldn’t have made it,’’ Morris said.

Brienzo was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Canton by ambulance then transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he is being treated.

Police said they are continuing their investigation of the incident.


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    Future_Blue1

    almost 4 years ago

    5760 Comments

    What a fool.....

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    ohcop

    almost 4 years ago

    698 Comments

    "duuuuude I'ma gonna go steal at wal-mart then get trashed" , I work close to alliance and YES we grow-um dumb here........

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    bulldogdt20012001

    almost 4 years ago

    206 Comments

    Maybee we should compact more of these guys so we can fit more in prison! lol

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    loganj0

    almost 4 years ago

    440 Comments

    That is AWESOME!!!! I have said it many times but this time I really do think he is the winner of the Darwin Award

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    southpore1

    almost 4 years ago

    156 Comments

    AAAAAHAHAHA!! That just made my day! Another dumb criminal!

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    RAMBO_911

    almost 4 years ago

    68986 Comments

    Now will they have a Card Board Cut-Out of this Guy for the next time he gets in trouble? rotflmbo

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    Sheriff_1

    almost 4 years ago

    8024 Comments

    Brilliant individual.

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    copper380

    almost 4 years ago

    2026 Comments

    I have nothing on this one, besides I am having a hard time typing from the tears of laughter and holding my sides.......Laughing so hard it hurts!

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Woofaz--You should get another star and a couple thousand points for your response--Utterly beautiful.

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    Jonas

    almost 4 years ago

    42796 Comments

    Wow really!!! Wonder where he got squeezed!!!

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    grant319

    almost 4 years ago

    1208 Comments

    That is one heck of a way to get caught.

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    woofaz

    almost 4 years ago

    108 Comments

    I wonder if they compacted the shit out of him, no fo real......

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    SuzanneNGa

    almost 4 years ago

    16562 Comments

    I can't make up my mind if I feel sorry for the guy or not. Um...............NO lol

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    djs2v

    almost 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    OUCH!!!

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    AKangel

    almost 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    BWHAHAHAHAHA! Sorry, But it's my line of work catching these theives, This was karma at it's best......
    Way to take out the trash..... He,he,he Ha,ha,ha laugh, snort, rolling on the ground, LOL!!

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