Burglar steals juice, then gets stuck on his back and screams for help, Kansas cops say

A Kansas man awoke early Tuesday morning to screams for help coming from the basement, media outlets report.

Matthew Hawkman, 41, went downstairs to find a man trapped in his father’s inversion table, unable to free himself from the apparatus that’s used for decompressing backs, according to KSAL.

When Hawkman asked what the man was doing in the house, he simply replied, “They told me to come here,” the radio station reported.

Screengrab from KWCH

Hawkman then helped the man out of the inversion table and led him out of the house, the Salina Journal reported. Saline County sheriff’s deputies responded to the burglary and started investigating, according to the newspaper.

Hawkman’s father, Robert Hawkman, said the man was only wearing shorts and he later found his driver’s license, shoes and a bottle of cranberry juice stolen from the house lying in the yard, according to KWCH.

Jamey Sanders, 39, was arrested and faces a charge of aggravated burglary, KSAL reported.

“We kind of just let the neighbors know that (they) might want to consider locking your doors, because it could happen to anybody,” Robert Hawkman told KWCH.

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Chacour Koop is a Real-Time reporter based in Kansas City. Previously, he reported for the Associated Press, Galveston County Daily News and Daily Herald in Chicago.