Ohio Parolee Uses Hedge Clippers To Clip Off Ankle Monitor in Store
There's been a rising trend in "permanent jewelry," where an anklet or bracelet is welded to the body so it can't be removed. Obviously, it can be removed with the use of some sort of a tool, and that's almost exactly what this guy from Ohio did, just with more jail time involved.
Surveillance cameras in Ashtabula, Ohio Ace Hardware were recording Tuesday when a man used his trip to the hardware store to get rid of his ankle bracelet used to keep track of him because he was on parole.
Security video shows the guy walking around the store, and he was approached by an employee. He told her he was looking for some hedge trimmers, and after getting them, he walked out of sight of the camera.
A short time later, he was spotted on camera again, where he was seen placing a small black item on a shelf. He then grabbed one of the free bags of popcorn, walked out the door, and rode off on a bicycle.
Fifteen minutes later, employees found the ankle tracker stashed on a shelf in the aisle and they realized the man had used the clippers to escape his parole.
“Maybe he thought that it was an out of the way spot, that he’d just come in and we have hedge clippers,” store manager Cheryl Haytcher told FOX8. “The other stores in the plaza do not have them and we were ‘the helpful hardware folks’ with the hedge clippers, yes we were.”
When the employees called police, they were told it wasn't a police matter. So, they called the number on the ankle bracelet, which put them in contact with Ohio Adult Parole Authority.
Later that day, two parole officers showed up and thanked the employees for doing their duty.
“I think it’s important because for some reason the state of Ohio separated him from the population for something that he did. I do not know what it was and they allowed him to go home with an ankle monitor as part of his release and he did not follow the rules, so therefore I believe it’s a public service that he should have been turned in,” said Haytcher.
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