Step-N-Style thief comes down roof, but has trouble getting back up

DAYTON — It took a would-be thief three tries to get out of Step-N-Style while the alarm was blaring inside the store.

Dayton police were dispatched at 4:40 a.m. Saturday to a burglary alarm at the business in the 3200 block of Siebenthaler Avenue. When officers arrived, the front and rear entrances were secure, according to a Dayton police report.

Police were called back at 5:25 a.m. after a man from the store reported there had been a break-in through the roof.

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A surveillance video captured a man who came down a hole in the roof into the men’s clothing store. He had his head covered with a hood and was wearing gloves, the report stated. The suspect put five bags of belts inside a bag and headed to the back of the store when the alarm sounded.

The suspect then hopped on a clothes fixture and jumped back onto the roof. He fell and tore a huge part of the drop ceiling, according to police. He attempted it a second time but fell and tore down more of the drop ceiling.

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On the third try, he is able to get out, but not with any stolen goods, the report stated. Police also found a shovel and saw next to the hole in the roof. Police have not identified a suspect.

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