Man found living in Nevada grocery store ceiling

FERNLEY, Nev. — A man was arrested after he was found living in the ceiling of a Nevada grocery store.

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Matthew Hammar, 35, fell through a ceiling tile of a Raley’s grocery store around 5 a.m. as employees were preparing to open Sept. 30, KOLO reported.

“The reason (employees) noticed him was because when he made it through the roof of the building and into the ceiling area of the grocery store, his foot went through the ceiling,” Capt. Johnny Smith, with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, told the Reno Gazette Journal. “He took a bad step and one of his feet went through the ceiling, exposing his foot to where people could see it and that’s what alerted the employees.”

Employees called authorities who surrounded the store and were able to coax Hammar out.

Some of his property was found in the rafters. Hammar, who is homeless, had been living above the deli where he had been stealing food and living the past few days.

He was arrested and charged with burglary and obstructing a police officer, the Gazette Journal reported.