Police: Man used rope ladder to burglarize supermarket

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Posted: Nov 03, 2015 9:30 AM

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — State police have arrested a man on charges he broke into a Pennsylvania supermarket using a rope ladder — then claimed to merely be sleeping on the store's roof when he was caught.

Forty-eight-year-old Thomas Beal is in the Fayette County Booking Center awaiting arraignment on burglary, criminal trespass and other charges.

Troopers say a security guard inside Peachin's Supermarket in Dunbar Township called police early Tuesday when he saw Beal enter the store through an air-conditioning vent and lower himself with the ladder.

Troopers surrounded the building shortly after 3 a.m. and went onto the roof where they found Beal, who claimed to be sleeping.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Beal.