Suspect Hides in Dumpster After Reported Break-In

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AKRON, Ohio — The suspect in a substation break-in had to be treated for possible hypothermia after running through woods and a creek and then hiding from police in a dumpster.

It happened around 9 p.m. Sunday.

Akron police said they were called to the FirstEnergy substation on South Frank Boulevard to reports of a man with bolt cutters. When they arrived, officers noticed fresh footprints in the snow near an eight-foot chain link fence.

Police followed the footprints through a wooded area, across a creek and into a business area before ending up in a residential neighborhood.

They found Steven Redfern, 30, of Akron, hiding inside a dumpster, and he was arrested. He was treated on scene by paramedics for possible hypothermia, said police, and was soaking wet.

A second suspect, Eric M. Bailey, 36, of Springfield Township, was also arrested. Police said he was driving a getaway truck.

Redfern faces charges of breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools and obstructing official business. Bailey faces charges of complicity to commit breaking and entering.

Both suspects were booked into the Summit County Jail.