Monday, December 23, 2013

Man stealing gas while smoking a cigarette lights himself on fire

A man may go down in history as one of the stupidest thieves ever, although there are a lot of competitors out there for the title.

 A suspect lit himself on fire while trying to steal gasoline in Portland Sunday, police said.

It was  just after 11:001 a.m. when 62-year-old Harry Frederick Suniville stole a partially-filled gas can from a truck and began pouring the gas into his vehicle while smoking a cigarette, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland police.

The gasoline then ignited, which then burnt Suniville’s socks and pants, and singed his eyebrows and hair, Simpson said.

Firefighters came on the scene and extinguished the fire. Paramedics treated Suniville before he was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, reckless burning, and theft, Simpson said.

Suniville’s vehicle was damaged and towed from the scene, according to KGW.

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