Kingman police catch would-be burglar trapped in store
Man allegedly entered through the roof
KINGMAN - Getting out proved more difficult than getting in for a Kingman man who was allegedly caught in the act of burglarizing a gas station in the 2200 block of Kingman Avenue early Sunday morning.
William J. Henderson, 19, allegedly entered the store through the roof and activated the alarm system at 12:45 a.m., but he could not leave after loading up on cigarettes and other items because the doors were locked from the outside and he was unable to reach the hole in the ceiling he created to get in.
Kingman Police officers and Kingman Fire Department personnel realized the man was still inside the store and the Mohave County Sheriff's K9 unit responded to assist in capturing Henderson, who was reportedly hiding in the cooler and smoking a cigarette when he was taken into custody at about 1:55 a.m.
According to KPD spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki, Henderson attempted to steal more than $1,700 worth of cigarettes, lighters and alcohol.
Additionally, he reportedly inflicted serious damage to the store both in entering the building and in his futile attempts to exit.
He was charged with felony counts of burglary in the third degree, theft, criminal damage and four warrants for his arrest.
One warrant was for an unrelated burglary issued by Mohave County Superior Court, two warrants were for failure to pay fines and one was for failure to comply, all issued by Kingman Municipal Court.