GARDEN GROVE (CBS) — An Albertson’s supermarket on Harbor Boulevard was evacuated Monday after a burglary suspect fell through the ceiling to the ground near a cash register.

Police say around 9:30 p.m., a female shopper reported seeing a man’s leg descend from the ceiling before disappearing again. The customer then alerted the store’s manager, before the suspect suddenly came crashing to the ground by the checkout lane.

At least a dozen police officers along with a fire truck responded immediately to the scene. Police used fire ladders to search the crawlspace above the ceiling for more suspects, but no others were found.

Officials believe the man was attempting to steal copper wiring from the supermarket.

One suspect was in custody Monday night. No injuries were reported.

The suspect’s identity has not yet been released.

Comments (32)
  1. J Bond Sheppard says:

    “will that be paper or plastic?” the police officer reportedly was asked as he led the thief charged with copper top battery out of the store…

  2. Carl Curmudgeon says:

    Prices aren’t the only things falling at Albertson’s…

    1. Scarf says:

      Apparently, thief IQs are also falling.

  3. Daniel Cloud Montgomery says:

    Copper seems to be on fire right now. Maybe I should rip my house apart looking for copper and take it to the dump. I might turn a profit and have the money to improves the house after ripping the walls apart. My house, why not??

    1. Will says:

      Less than $3.50/lb. This numbskull should have raided the meat department or even a few pounds of coffee.

  4. John C says:

    I recognize him from the Occupy Wall Streey protest. Figures.

    1. Jon B says:

      Fellow protester? Good on you for taking action.

  5. Mina says:

    They should have determined who he intended to sell it to before beating the living s__t out of him.

  6. mike says:

    The ceiling should have been stronger I hope he sues Albertson’s

  7. Real Rick says:

    To bad he didn’t fall on his head! Of course that would be rock hitting rock.

  8. Reality says:

    “There’s a storm coming”.

  9. gaymedia says:

    Too bad he didn’t die.

  10. Christian Louis Shields says:

    Hey look, it’s a Wotmizer! Have you ever told a lie?

  11. Mr. Whipple says:

    This man is in quite a pickle with police.

  12. Templar8 says:

    This guy will now be counted as having a “Green” job. Recycling, don’t you know?.

  13. DC says:

    How long until he finds a lawyer to sue the store for not having a strong eonugh ceiling to support him while he was trying to rob it?

  14. Frizzy Do says:

    These copper-stealing stories are more entertaining when the perp gets electrocuted.

  15. lorenzo fino says:

    It is obama,s fault

  16. Joshua Arguien says:

    Anyone else notice how this “poor”, “disenfranchised” and “impoverished” individual…somehow found the money to have his hair bleached.

    Off to prison you go Tinkerbell!

  17. rich in cali says:

    F-ing tweekers.

  18. Guest says:

    Congratulations! You’ve earned your spot on “World’s Dumbest Criminals”! How does it feel to have Tanya Harding and Danny Bonaduce make fun of you?

  19. Stu Cozza says:

    Watching him as he cut a live line would be funny. 🙂

  20. Machismo says:

    Lock em up, Throw away the key on this piece of garbage.

  21. James Madison says:

    Quote: “The suspect’s identity has not yet been released.”
    This will become available as soon as they have contacted the Mexican Consulate.

    1. Stuart says:

      Even with the bleached hair does this guy look Hispanic?

  22. james zeruk, jr. says:

    does he get a dsicounted bail amount if he uses an albertsons card?