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Police Arrest Burglar Stuck in Vent

June 20, 2001

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A man trying to steal drugs from a pharmacy became stuck in the store’s air conditioning vent for four hours before sheriff’s deputies freed and arrested him, police said.

A newspaper delivery man heard cries for help from inside the pharmacy and called 911 around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Broward County deputies and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue workers found Kenneth Shapiro’s feet sticking out of the air conditioning vent on the roof.

Deputy Shawn Barber, who does roofing work on the side, helped free Shapiro. Shapiro, 38, had used a switchblade to cut open the vent, the sheriff’s office said.

Shapiro told deputies he was breaking in to steal drugs. He was treated at a hospital for dehydration and later charged with armed burglary.

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