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October 27th, 2017
A man who wound up locked inside a convenience store’s beer cooler, took it upon himself to sample various brews, and violated his probation at the same time, local police said.
Jeremy Van Ert, 38, of Marshfield, faces a retail theft charged and was behind bars Thursday on a probation hold.
Van Ert allegedly went into his local Kwik Trip just before beer sales ended, and when the clock struck 12, the cooler automatically closed and Van Ert was locked inside.
“The subject found himself locked in the beer cooler, knew that Kwik Trip would not sell him any beer, so he decided to remain in the beer cooler,” Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza told WAOW-TV. “A customer came by the beer cooler at about 6 a.m. and saw him inside.”
While trapped inside, Van Ert drank an 18 ounce bottle of Icehouse Beer and three cans of Four Loko.
While enjoying the pilfered brew, he fell over a stack of 30 pack Busch Light Cans.
When the cooler door was eventually unlocked, Van Ert high-tailed it out of the store, but was later arrested by police.
Gramza said Van Ert was put in the Wood County Jail on a probation hold from an unrelated case. That probation required him to remain sober.
Kwik Trip officials told police they will review their security.
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