Shoplifting suspect crushed in compactor

August 19, 2008 11:37:45 AM PDT
Michigan authorities say a shoplifting suspect has died after being crushed in a trash compactor where she was hiding. The Eaton County sheriff's department said two women fled a Lansing-area TJ Maxx discount store after spraying a security guard with mace. A deputy found one of the women behind a nearby trash compactor.

Deputies say the woman wouldn't say where the other woman was hiding.

Shortly afterward, authorities got a call about a woman trapped in the trash compactor. Tyree Monique Tate of Delta Township was pulled from the machine by rescuers and taken to a hospital, where the 26-year-old later died.

The surviving suspect's name hasn't been released.

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