Man locked inside beer cooler stays, consumes several beverages

Man locked inside beer cooler stays, consumes several beverages

Man locked inside beer cooler stays, consumes several beverages

The beer cooler automatically locks at midnight, and did so while Van Ert was inside.

A Marshfield man is behind bars after police say he was locked inside a beer cooler at a convenience store, had several drinks, and then fled.

'The subject found himself locked in the beer cooler, knew that Kwik Trip would not sell him any beer, so he made a decision to remain in the beer cooler, ' Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza told WAOW-TV.

Jeremy Van Ert, 38, stopped into a Kwik Trip convenience store in Marshfield, Wisconsin to buy beer just before midnight on Tuesday evening. "A customer by the beer cooler at about 6 a.m. and saw him inside". The store is open 24 hours, so Van Ert would only have had to knock on the glass to be rescued by an employee.

The man left the store around 5:50 a.m. Wednesday without paying for any of the beer he consumed. Instead of alerting the employee, the man said he chose to stay in the cooler all night and drink beer.


The man was eventually issued a citation for retail theft by local police.

When police caught up with Van Ert, he was arrested for violating his parole for a previous felony conviction, Gramza said.

Gramza said in his 20 years in the police field, he hasn't seen anything like this.

Kwik Trip officials told police they will be reviewing their security.

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