RENO, Nevada – A man who lived in the rafters of a Raley supermarket in Fernley, Nevada was arrested on September 30 after employees noticed he had fallen through the ceiling, according to the County Sheriff’s Office. Lyon.
A 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with burglary and obstructing a police officer after nighttime grocery store workers found him while the store was closed.
“The day we apprehended this person, the reason they noticed him was because when he walked through the roof of the building and into the ceiling of the grocery store, his foot went through the ceiling,” Patrol Captain Johnny Smith said. for the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. “… He took a wrong step and one of his feet went through the ceiling, exposing his foot where people could see it and that’s what alerted the employees.”
Investigators found that the suspect had used an outdoor ladder outside the building to climb onto the roof and then descend into the store’s rafters for at least a week before being found.
Smith also confirmed that the suspect stole the deli from the store and set up a makeshift living space.
“From what I understood he had a few tools and he had a bit of spreading because he had pretty much lived up there,” he said. “He had a few items where he had made his home.”
Officers were notified but were unable to retrieve the suspect after K9 police at the scene got stranded after him.
“When the MPs there were trying to negotiate with this guy to come out of the ceiling and he refused, they sent the K9 over there,” Smith said. “The K9 got in there and unfortunately fell into some sort of pit area and got stuck.”
The North Lyon County Fire was then contacted by police, who were able to retrieve the two without injuring themselves.
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