Would-be burglar falls through ceiling during break-in

Posted: 10/05/12 at 4:40 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/05/12 at 11:13 pm EDT

QUINCY, Mass. (WHDH) -- A rough day at the office for a thief who took a tumble through ceiling tiles after breaking in to a Laundromat around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The manager of the Laundromat noticed the mess on the floor when she came to open up. Police said the man entered through the unlocked backdoor and spent about 25 minutes inside.

“I was very surprised by it. A little shocked that it even could have happened,” said the Laundromat owner, Kathy Lewis.

The would-be burglar was persistent and tried to climb on a counter top after he fell to try to get into an office, which is kept locked. Police believe he eventually jimmied it open with a crowbar or similar tool.

“He was probably trying to get in, find a place where there may be money, which there isn’t much here,” said Lewis.

The suspect, apparently unaware of the security cameras, made no attempt to hide his face. He was wearing jeans and a white t-shirt, mostly covered by a blue sweater.

“We're hoping the public can see and recognize the person it's very clear,” said Capt. John Dougan.

The burglar also had an accomplice; a woman in a hooded grey sweatshirt who climbed over the ceiling tiles on the floor, and takes a look around for herself.

The burglar left empty handed.

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