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16-stone burglar arrested after falling through roof

He plunged through the ceiling into an an apartment below.

Not the actual hole in the actual roof.
Not the actual hole in the actual roof.
Image: hoyasmeg

A BURGLAR WHO tried to break into an ATM at a bank in San Francisco was arrested after he hopped onto the roof of a nearby building to escape and fell through it into an apartment.

“There was a hole in the roof where he fell through just as we were ordering him to put his hands up,” police sergeant Wilfred Williams told reporters. “I’ve responded to several different silent alarm calls at banks, but this is the first time when someone fell through a roof.”

The suspect, whose name was not released, was not seriously injured. Police said he weighed 230 pounds, or just over 16 stone.

The man had tried to use a crowbar to break into the ATM inside a Bank of America branch in the Portola neighbourhood around 3.45 a.m.

The man apparently got into the bank through a ventilation shaft, which triggered a silent alarm. He was spotted by officers as he fled, police Chief Greg Suhr told KPIX-TV.

Officers notified the K9 unit after realising the burglar had fled onto the roof. A Fire Department ladder truck was called in as part of the search.

The suspect was spotted on the roof. As he was trying to surrender, he fell into the apartment. Police said no money had been taken.

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