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Robber Gets Stuck in Exhaust Vent

May 27, 1998

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (AP) _ Police say a cook trying to break into a fast-food restaurant where he worked overestimated the size of an exhaust vent in the kitchen _ or underestimated his own size.

Anthony Heath, 35, was pulled from the vent Tuesday after being stuck for about an hour. He was in critical but stable condition and will face breaking and entering charges when he’s released, police officer Tony Beran said.

``When you looked down from the roof, he was 8 to 10 feet below,″ Beran said. ``He couldn’t go up or down.″

Alan Veach, a manager at the Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant, found Heath in the vent when he arrived shortly before 7 a.m. ``I heard somebody beating on something and calling my name,″ Veach said.

Heath had worked at the restaurant less than a month.

``It was a ridiculous thing to do,″ Veach said. ``All cash funds are taken out of our stores.″

Heath was stuck in a vent over a deep fryer. If he had lost consciousness and had gone undetected, Veach said, someone might have turned on the heat and ``in 30 minutes he would have been toast.″

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