BROCKTON, MA. (CNN) - It's another example why crime just doesn't pay. It's not that a would-be thief in Massachusetts wasn't using his head when he allegedly tried to rob a Brockton business. He was...literally. In fact, Rhondella Richardson reports it was the ol' noggin that trapped the bungling burglar in the first place.
The pictures tell the story. Brockton police say this man, 54-year-old Manuel Fernandes tried to break in to a Rent-A-Center storage bay around midnight, but found himself trapped.
A male suspect tried to pry open a garage door with a bed post. When he tried to squeeze his way underneath. Apparently the door had fell back on the suspect's head.
Lieutenant Paul Banoka explains police arrived on the scene after the man had been stuck for nearly nine hours. A Rent-A-Center manager found Fernandes when he opened and videotaped the ordeal.
Store Worker: How long have you been in there?
Fernandes: Ah, since this morning.
Store Worker: What time this morning?
Fernandes: Ah probably since oh probably 12 o'clock.
Store Worker: Are you ok?
Fernandes: Yeah I'm fine.
The bay, which is in the back of the crescent street store, is used to store surplus furniture and TVs. A worker in an adjacent store did notice a suspicious man before the alleged break-in.
I was taking out the trash last night and I saw a guy standing out there on crutches and had a trash bag next to him.
When the suspect encountered the store manager, he tried to get the manager to help him, but the manager had other plans.
That's ok, wait for the cops to get here. Hang tight.
The alleged burglar suffered a large bruise on the back of his head from the pressure of the door and was sent to the hospital.
Police plan to issue a summons charging him with breaking and entering and malicious damage to property.