UPDATE: Petrol station 'burglar' hides in roof shaft after setting off fire alarm
A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of burglary after he set off an intruder alarm at a petrol station and then hid in the building’s roof.
The incident happened at the Sainsbury’s petrol station shop in Cricketers Way, Westhoughton.
Police and firefighters attended the scene just before 9pm on Sunday night, when it is thought a man entered the closed petrol station kiosk through the roof.
Once inside, his presence in the shop set off the “anti-intruder” device which filled the kiosk with synthetic smoke.
Trapped in the shop, he is then believed to have hidden for some time in the roof shaft of the building.
Firefighters from Farnworth, Leigh and Atherton arrived and cleared the smoke from the shop.
The suspect is believed to have been hiding in the building throughout the time that the fire crews were clearing the smoke.
Police managed to find the man and arrested him on suspicion of burglary.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “We received a call out to the petrol station in Cricketers way just before 9pm.
“When officers attended the scene, the building was filled with smoke — they located a man in the premises and he has been arrested on suspicion of burglary.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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