Oil's Well That Ends Well
Authorities in Thorntown, Indiana, employed the power of lateral thinking when they used vegetable oil to free a man trapped in the vent shaft of a grocery store he planned to rob. Officers said the man was found in the shaft between the ceiling and the roof of the store after someone heard him screaming for help. After they cut his sweatshirt away, they poured vegetable oil (taken from a store shelf) down the shaft and handed him a rope. Four men on the roof then pulled him out.
FOOTNOTE: Another slippery customer.