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Suspected tire shop burglar calls 911 on himself when tire rack falls on him

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Jan 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-11 12:58:26-05

BARTOW COUNTY, GA (WSB/CNN) — What works better at keeping thieves away than security systems? At one Georgia store, a rack of tires did the job.

In fact, they were so effective, the burglar ended up calling 911 on himself.

The 30-year-old, Nathaniel King, probably should have steered another way Sunday, when police say he broke through the rear door of a tire shop.

"When the suspect made entry, as he came inside the business, the tires fell on top of him trapping him inside," Micheal Bettikofer with Cartersville Police said.

Buried under many pounds of rubber, police say the man was in a desperate situation.

The business was closed, no one around, who you gonna call?

How about 911?

Sparing no time, a police officer answered the call to find the suspect's unusual predicament under pressure.

"He observed the suspect underneath the tires yelling for help. The officer was eventually able to make entry into that business and get the tires off him and get him out," Bettikofer.

The suspect told the officer that he was being chased and entered the business to escape the person chasing him.

However, the officer found no evidence of that.

King didn't suffer any injuries in the incident... except maybe to his pride.

He's in jail on criminal trespass charges.