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Chilliwack thief gets in, can't get out

A 19-year-old would-be thief was found stuck inside this First Avenue supermarket unable to get out early Tuesday morning. - Paul J. Henderson
A 19-year-old would-be thief was found stuck inside this First Avenue supermarket unable to get out early Tuesday morning.
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He may not count among the world's dumbest criminals but a Chilliwack thief's plan was none-too-well thought out.

A 19-year-old Chilliwack man was arrested inside a First Avenue convenience store in the early hours of Tuesday morning after he broke in and then couldn't get out.

At approximately 3:20 a.m., Chilliwack RCMP responded to a business alarm at the supermarket at the corner of Broadway and First avenues. Police arrived to find the store ransacked.

They also noticed a small opening in the roof around the cash register. The front door to the business had not been opened nor had any windows been broken.

The Chilliwack Fire Department was called in to assist to get police onto the roof. After dropping into the attic area of the business, police found the teenager stuck and unable to get out.

“It turns out that his entry plan was better thought out than his exit strategy,” said Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Cst. Tracy Wolbeck.

“After dropping through the roof he was unable to get out due to a double locking mechanism on the front door of the business. Police were on the ground as well as the roof and made any sort of escape a challenge.”

The 19-year-old who has not been named was arrested and will appear in court some time in August.

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