Police: Would-be burglar trapped in Kingman store

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- Kingman police say a young man is facing felony charges after finding himself trapped in a store he allegedly tried to burglarize.
 
The Kingman Daily Miner reports that officers responding to a burglar alarm early Sunday morning found William Henderson, 19, inside the convenience store.

According to police, Henderson was smoking a cigarette in a walk-in cooler when officers arrived.

A still photo from surveillance video shows that officers approached him with their weapons drawn, a Mohave County K-9 deputy in the lead. They took their suspect into custody without incident.

Police say Henderson tripped the alarm when he broke into the store through the roof, dropping down through a hole he cut in the ceiling.

Once inside, however, Henderson had nowhere to go. The store's doors were locked from the outside and he could not reach the hole in the ceiling so he was unable to escape the way he entered the store.

According to a police spokeswoman, Henderson had gathered more than $1,700 worth of cigarettes, lighters and alcohol.

Henderson faces felony charges of burglary, theft and criminal damage.

This is not Henderson's first brush with the law. He was wanted on four unrelated arrest warrants, once of which was for burglary.

Kingman is a little less than 3.5 hours northwest of Phoenix via US 93.