Burglary suspect climbs on Beltway plaza roof before surrendering

Suspect arrested after hiding in theater

GREENBELT, MD (WUSA9) - Police have arrested a burglary suspect who had climbed onto the roof of a movie theater at the Beltway Plaza in Greenbelt Tuesday afternoon. 

Police were conducting surveillance of a man who was wanted for some burglaries around 3:20 p.m. The surveillance was taking place in an apartment complex across the street from the movie theater. 

Police tried to take the man in the custody, but then he decided to run to the movie theater. The man then entered the movie theater and climbed the scaffolding behind a movie screen.

The man was able to climb all the way up to the ceiling where he then barricaded himself while kicking ceiling tiles down to the ground. 

Police did not go any further at that point for fear of their own safety. A negotiator was able to eventually get the man down. 

The man's identity has not been released at this time. 

Police say no one was in the movie theater while movies were being shown. It is unclear if the movie theater was actually open or closed at the time of the incident. 

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