Bungled Bank Robbery: Suspect Arrested After He Falls Through Roof in San Francisco

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    An alleged bank robber tried to escape police early Friday morning by jumping from roof to roof in San Francisco, but he was eventually arrested when he fell through the roof of a nearby apartment building. Christie Smith reports. (Published Friday, Sep 20, 2013)

    An alleged bank robber tried to escape police early Friday morning by jumping from roof to roof  in San Francisco, but he was eventually arrested when he fell through the roof of a nearby apartment building.

    San Francisco police say they got a call about 3:45 a.m. about the man trying to break into an ATM at the Bank of America on San Bruno Avenue.  The bank's surveillance system has spotted a dark-clothed suspect with a crowbar lurking around the premises, police said.

    When police came out to find him, Sgt. Wilford Williams said he then gave police chase, hopping from rooftop to rooftop.

    He was discovered, with the help of a San Francisco firefighter ladder truck, on the third roof.

    But he fell, just as police were telling him to put his hands up.

    "There was a hole in the roof where he fell through just as we were ordering him to put his hands up," Williams said.

    The suspect, who has not been identified, was shaken up but not injured.