A South Side felon thought he had a cool idea for a hiding spot, but it turned out to be cold comfort.
Officials said they responded to reports of a "person with a gun" and spotted Thomas, who fit the suspect's description, walking west on 71st Street.
When police approached Thomas, he threw away a loaded gun and ran, according to Chicago Breaking News.
The officers ran after Thomas and saw him dodge into a convenience store on Paxton Avenue. When they ran in after him however, Thomas was nowhere to be seen.
But Thomas' hide-and-seek trick wasn't as good as he hoped. The police spotted him hiding in the locked cooler, which 40-year-old Falaneh refused to open.
Eventually, officials got the cooler open and arrested both Thomas and Falaneh.
Thomas was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Falaneh was charged with obstructing an officer.