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Police: Burglar falls more than 15 feet from church air vent

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WHITE HOUSE, TN (WSMV) -

It was a good way to go unnoticed; crawl under a floor and climb up a wall. That burglary plan came crashing down last week when a White House man suspected of breaking into a library and a church fell 15 feet out of a vent.

"I would never think someone would steal from a library," said Rebecca Whipple of the White House Inn Library. "It's something you might think of if you worked at a bank, but not working at the library."

Michael Foster, 18, is charged burglarizing the White House Inn Library.

"He had been in the library a couple weeks ago to get a library card, and he noticed we were taking some money," said Whipple. "I guess he thought he could come in and steal from us."

According to Whipple, last week, Foster went climbing under the library to get to an entrance in the front room.

"He took the vent out and the duct work out," said Whipple. "He made it a whole lot bigger and squeezed out of there."

Whipple said Foster swiped $200 from the library and left hundreds of dollars worth of repairs in the floor, carpeting, and duct work.

"It sounds like a lot of work for not that much payoff," said Whipple

According to police, one day later, Foster was at it again. This time, police said he broke into Northside Church. He climbed up a vent in the ceiling before the plan went wrong. Foster crashed through the wall, falling at least 15 feet. In the fall, Foster injured an ankle and set off the church's alarms. Police said Foster went struggling out of the church, where neighbors spotted him and called police.

"I think we were relieved to know that this couldn't happen to someone else in the community," said Whipple. "This probably won't happen to us again.

Foster is being held at the Robertson County Jail. Police said he confessed both break-ins.

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