Brockton man hides in donation bin, steals items

Posted: 11/27/12 at 5:50 pm EST      Last Updated: 11/27/12 at 7:00 pm EST

BROCKTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Brockton man is accused of hiding out in a donation bin and stealing items intended for the needy.

A Good Samaritan tipped off police and investigators used a thermal imaging device to help catch the suspect.

Jailson DosReis was discovered inside a clothing bin on Washington Street in Easton.

“On the third one in the back corner, you could actually see the outline of a human leg, knee, and his back was up against the wall," said Lt. Michael Greene.

Police say they caught DosReis inside a Planet Aid bin after witnesses called 911. The van DosReis and his friend allegedly used was stuffed with clothes intended for the needy.

"Around this time of year that people have to go ahead and do something like that, especially go that far?" said Steve Johnson.

Police caught DosReis was using a thermal imaging camera part of the Easton Fire Department’s equipment.

“What these cameras do is they seek heat. You can actually see where my hand print was right there," said Lt. Greene.

Lt. Michael Greene was called in by police to use the heat seeking camera the night DosReis was arrested.

“When we figured out that it could be a person, we stuck it into the top of the thing. You could see him clear as day. It was so cold in there. It was surprising. The guy wasn't still gonna come out, I don’t think anybody thought that's what we were gonna see in there," Lt. Greene said.

Easton residents say they feel secure knowing their fire department is on top of the latest technology.

"That's pretty cool that they used that thermal imaging. The military uses stuff like that, so that's pretty crazy that they actually had that guy do that, yeah,” said Steve Wainwright, a resident.

Lt. Greene says the suspect was inside the bin for an hour and had to be checked for hypothermia before he was arrested.

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