About 20 Salt Lake police officers blocked off traffic and surrounded a bank where a burglar alarm had gone of early Friday and discovered a man in the attic.
After officers yelled at the man to come out, he fell through the roof of the northeast outside corner of First Security Bank, 17th South and Redwood Road. The man broke through the outside ceiling feet first and officers immediately grabbed, frisked and handcuffed the dusty man on the grass."He knew we had him," said Salt Lake Police Lt. Joel Campbell. The man said he was alone, but police continued to search the bank. No one else was found.
Campbell said someone had entered the bank by breaking out a small ground-level window on the south side of the bank and then crawling into the ceiling. The window had been covered with dark plastic, "probably so it wouldn't be so noticeable," he said.
Police responded to the bank's burglar alarm and were able to secure and seal the building.
Officers found a BMW bike in the bushes behind the bank that the man said was his.
A 21-year-old Salt Lake man was booked into Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of burglary of a business, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, felony vandalism, possession of burglary tools, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held without bail.