MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A suspected Family Dollar store burglar was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after he fell off the roof.
According to investigators the man, who is in his 50s, broke in through the roof of the store at 1085 NW 36th Street. He then fell and set off an alarm. Police say he was trying to steal cigarettes.
Roscoe Simpson, who lives in the area, said he’s familiar with the man.
“I know he has been around here a lot. I wasn’t expecting for him to get on the roof, I mean, that’s a tall roof for somebody trying to steal, I guess his luck wasn’t good enough” he said.
Police confiscated a bicycle that may belong to the suspect. Simpson said he is homeless
“You know it’s getting around Christmas time and people are looking for money or anything they can get,” he said. “I spend a bunch of time over here, I know he used to go to the Camillus House and I saw him riding a bicycle, yeah, I’ve seen him a few times over there. It’s the holidays, people need jobs and this and that and nobody be trying to help him, you know. I guess that’s the only choice he had,” he said.
The injured man was taken into custody and then taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. No word on the extent of his injuries. Police say he will be charged with burglary.
Family Dollar issued the following statement:
We are in the process of assessing the damage. We are cooperating with local law enforcement and plan to open our store for customers as soon as possible.