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UPDATE: Man who fell through ceiling of store in alleged burglary indicted

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Published: Apr. 13, 2016 at 7:42 AM EDT
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UPDATE 5/16/16

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man who police say fell through the ceiling of a store during an alleged burglary has been indicted.

The Boyd County Grand Jury indicted Troy A. Litteral, 28, of Ashland, for burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, and tampering with physical evidence.

Litteral is accused of burglarizing the GameStop Plus on Winchester Avenue in Ashland last month.

Police say the alarm went off at 3:40 a.m., but when they got there, they didn't see a suspect.

"He had gained entry through the roof, through the air conditioning unit," Kelley said. "Pretty much hid up there and remained pretty calm considering he was surrounded by a lot of police."

They say they heard something in the ceiling and a few hours later, when they went into the ceiling after him, he panicked and crashed through the ceiling into the store.

He was not injured.

A SWAT officer also fell from the ceiling and landed on the checkout counter. The officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and was later released.


UPDATE 4/13/16 @ 6:45 p.m.

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man is in custody after police say he fell through the ceiling of a store during an alleged burglary.

"We caught someone inside of a building and to do that in a law enforcement officer's career, sometimes that's rare," said Ashland Police Major Todd Kelley. "We're usually always investigating and working backwards. In this case, you actually catch 'em inside. It's a good feeling."

Kelley tells WSAZ the alarm went off at GameStop Plus in the 1100 block of Winchester Avenue about 3:40 a.m. Wednesday.

When police got there, they didn't see the suspect.

"From the evidence from what they saw, it was obvious that somebody had been in there," Kelley said. "Once they were in there, they heard some movement."

The movement was coming from the ceiling. Kelley says that's where Troy Litteral, 27, was hiding. For more than three hours, Kelley says Litteral would not come down. They also weren't sure if there were multiple suspects hiding.

"He had gained entry through the roof, through the air conditioning unit," Kelley said. "Pretty much hid up there and remained pretty calm considering he was surrounded by a lot of police."

Around 7:40 a.m., the SWAT team was called in. When officers climbed into the area above the ceiling to try to get Litteral to surrender, Kelley says the suspect panicked and crashed through the ceiling into the store.

Kelley says Litteral was not hurt from the fall.

A SWAT officer also fell from the ceiling and landed on the checkout counter. Kelley says the officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and was later released.

Litteral was taken into custody and charged with Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting Arrest, Terroristic Threatening and was also served with a bench warrant that was already on file. He is being held at the Boyd County Detention Center.

The store was closed throughout the afternoon to clean up but an employee tells WSAZ they re-opened around 3:30 p.m.

Bill Byerley works at a nearby business and saw all of the commotion.

"I thought what in the world?" said Byerley. "Judging by their bullet proof vests and brief cases, I thought OK, this is some kind of standoff. So I pulled my truck back out of that parking lot. I didn't know if someone was going to come running out, car chase, shooting. Pretty sad for this town for something like that to happen."

Byerley says, ironically, the incident was like something out of a video game.

"Somebody's going to climb through the air duct and try to get into the games," Byerley said. "How'd they think they was gonna get back out, you know?"

He says his business has had to make changes to their security system because they have been burglarized before. With thieves getting more creative with how they break in, Byerley says he's worried about homes and businesses.

"It's pretty crazy you can't be safe anywhere and when you should be," Byerley said. "It's not that they're all drugged out. It's like they just don't care about working. They want to get it for nothing."

Despite Wednesday's burglary attempt being a little unconventional, Byerley says he is not entirely shocked. He says he believes the problem will only get worse and thieves will find new ways to steal.

"It doesn't surprise me anymore," said Byerley. "They'll probably try to tunnel in from a manhole before all I know."


UPDATE 4/13/16 @ 8:51 a.m.

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man is in custody after police say he fell through the ceiling of a store during an alleged burglary.

Ashland Police Chief Rob Ratliff tells WSAZ the alarm went off at GameStop Plus on Winchester about 3:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say they searched the store until about 7 a.m., when they realized someone was in the attic.

Chief Ratliff says Troy Litteral, 27, fell through the ceiling.

He has been taken into custody.


ORIGINAL STORY 4/13/16 @ 7:42 a.m.

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- At least one person is in custody following an apparent burglary at a game store in downtown Ashland.

The Ashland Police SWAT team is currently at the GameStop Plus on Winchester Avenue. The incident started about 3:45 a.m.

Police tell WSAZ they are currently searching the store ceiling for other suspects.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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