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Alleged thief stuck under trash bin for 12 hours

The photo shows the legs of Gibson Cook, 56, who became stuck under a trash bin after what deputies called an attempted copper theft gone wrong. He was rescued from under a trash bin Wednesday.
(Dillon County Sheriff’s Office / Associated Press)

A suspected thief trying to steal $10 worth of copper got himself into a stinky situation when he was trapped under a trash bin at a county landfill for 12 hours, sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies said Gibson Cook, 56, broke into the landfill, then got stuck as he tried to crawl under the large container. Landfill workers found him about 12 hours later with his legs sticking out from under the bin. Emergency workers had to inflate air bags so they could lift the bin to free him.

Cook was charged with trespassing and petit larceny, deputy Wayne Kirby said. He was waiting for a bond hearing and it was unclear if he had an attorney.

“He’s one of our local petty thieves,” Kirby said. “But he has never been in a jam like this.”

Break-ins at the landfill in Dillon, a town of about 6,400 people in the northeast corner of the state near the North Carolina line, have increased in recent months as thieves look for discarded scrap metal. But employee Charlie Brown said that in 27 years at the dump, this is the first time he’s seen anyone get stuck. He said the copper under the trash bin could not have been worth more than $10.

“It was right disgusting,” he said. “I wouldn’t be under there.”

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