What was likely intended to be a quick in-and-out theft of trashed clothes ended with an Amityville, N.Y., man calling Darien
Police after he got stuck inside the recycling bin on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Police said that Edgard Dubon, 24, entered the clothes recycling bin near the People’s United Bank at the Goodwives Shopping Center sometime during the early morning hours to steal clothes. But when Dubon tried to leave, his left leg became wedged between the bin opening and the interior portion of the bin. The bin was also locked, so Dubon called the number listed on the bin, which is owned by American Recycling Technologies, and left a message saying he was stuck and needed help.
“Unable to resort to any other tactic that would free him, Dubon made the 911 call to police,” stated Darien Police Capt. Fred Komm in an email.
Officers arrived and were also unable to help free the stuck man, so they called the fire department who used bolt cutters to chop off the lock and free Dubon. Police said he was uninjured. He was then arrested and held in lieu of posting a $1,000 bond.
The recycling company told police that it has experienced a high number of thefts from its recycling bins in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. So the company replaced its old bins with newer versions that allows a person to enter the bin, but prevents them from leaving, essentially trapping the person inside.
Police said the bin has a sign that reads: “No trespassing. Warning, climbing into this bin is trespassing. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Dubon faces third-degree criminal trespass, sixth-degree larceny and third degree criminal mischief charges. He’s scheduled for court on Thursday, Aug. 23.