BAYTOWN – An ambitious burglary suspect was caught in the act Wednesday night at an Academy Sports store in Baytown, according to police.
They say 29-year-old John Clements made a grappling hook and tied it to a rope to climb up to the roof of the store on Garth Road. The burglar broke a skylight and lowered himself into the store.
The plan was working pretty well until the store’s motion detectors set off the store alarm system. Clements apparently lost his nerve and shimmied back up the rope and onto the roof, police said. He jumped onto a semi-trailer that was parked in the back.
By then, a police officer had arrived and was waiting for Clements.
Police don’t know what the burglar was planning to take from the store. But it probably wasn’t a rope, since he already had one.