DILLON, S.C. -- Deputies said Gibson Cook, 56, trying to steal $10 worth of copper, got himself into a stinky situation when he was trapped under a trash bin at a Dillon County (SC) landfill for 12 hours, sheriff's deputies said.
Cook broke into the landfill, then got stuck as he tried to crawl under the large container. Landfill workers found him about 12 hours later -- he'd been there all night -- 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."
Landfill 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."
GIBSON COOK of Dillon, SC,
our STUPID THIEF OF THE WEEK!