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Richdale Robbery in Andover

Evan Mercier ’14, Staff Writer 

Richdale Convenience Store Robbery

Early last week many customers of the Richdale Convenience Store were greeted with a boarded-up front door and window, just to find out some interesting news.

Around 12:40 p.m. the night prior there had been a break in; many thought the perpetrator was long gone, only to find out a suspect was unconscious in the ceiling right after the burglary.

Yes, unconscious in the ceiling.

The 26-year-old allegedly gained access to the store by smashing the front door, began to steal lottery tickets and then proceeded to hide in the ceiling to elude incoming police officers. The man was unresponsive and allegedly so intoxicated that authorities originally believed he was deceased. Authorities also feared his entanglement in electrical wires, which strung through the ceiling, which worried them that he had been electrocuted.

The storm was not in the suspect’s favor; they traced his footprints tothe front of the store from a nearby house to understand the entirety of what happened. Police said stealth didn’t seem to be the 26-year-old’s main priority, nor was re-enacting “Oceans 14.” The man was later taken to Lawrence General Hospital to be checked out and arraigned Monday Feb. 10 on several charges, including breaking and entering as well as larceny.

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