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Burglar finds himself in storage, police say

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Fleeing the scene of a crime is a little difficult if you’re locked up when police arrive.

That was the dilemma of Ronald E. Dennis in St. Joseph, Missouri, where he was arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a storage unit in which he was trapped, police said on Tuesday.

A security guard at the storage business noticed a door was ajar in the unit at about 1 a.m. Sunday, St. Joseph Police Captain Kevin Castle said. Unable to open the door further, the guard pulled it shut and latched it. Later, he heard someone trying to get out of the unit and called police.

Police officers arrived, opened the door and arrested Dennis.

“It was kind of like an early Christmas present,” Castle said. “They don’t usually come that easily.”

Police took Dennis into custody for investigation of burglary. He has not been charged “at this time” but is being held on a probation/parole warrant, Castle said.

Reporting by Kevin Murphy; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Jerry Norton