Suspected thief locked inside Springfield storeAP , Associated Press
Oct. 16, 2013 10:58 AM ET
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — It was easy for Springfield police to nab the suspect in a gas station robbery — the manager had locked him inside.
Police say a man entered the Pride store at about 2 a.m. Wednesday and demanded money. The robber kept his hand in his pocket, leading the manager to believe he was armed.
The manager told the robber to leave. The thief responded by throwing a 2-liter bottle of soda, which struck the worker in the head.
The men scuffled, before the manager locked the door as the thief stuffed cigarettes in his pockets.
Witnesses called 911 and police arrived to find the suspect locked in.
Police say 60-year-old Curtis Garrett is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on multiple charges.
The manager was treated at the scene by EMTs.