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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Judge sentences burglar trapped in bar's air ducts

  • Bismarck police said a cleaning crew heard someone calling for help in the ceiling over the pool tables at O'Brien's Tavern on Nov. 5.
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  • A man who was arrested for burglary after he became trapped in the ventilation system in a Bismarck bar has been sentenced to more than a year in prison.
    Bismarck police said a cleaning crew heard someone calling for help in the ceiling over the pool tables at O'Brien's Tavern on Nov. 5. Police found 26-year-old Caleb Belile upside down. Emergency workers were able to free Belile in about 45 minutes.
    The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/10DhrmP ) that surveillance tape showed the suspect crawling into the ventilation system.
    Judge Cynthia Feland sentenced Belile to 18 months in prison and ordered him to pay $1,000 in restitution.
    Defense attorney Tom Glass says Belile was stuck for nine hours. Glass says it's "somewhat of a minor miracle he lived through that."

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