An Akron man is accused of using a sledgehammer to break through the concrete wall of a store in an effort to get “the rest of that beer.”
Christopher Watts, 45, was dumbfounded when told by police officers he was being charged with breaking and entering when he was arrested Thursday morning outside an East Avenue store, according to a police report.
“How can I be charged with breaking and entering? I didn’t even get in yet,” he reportedly told the officers.
Police say Watts was still pounding a sledgehammer to open a large hole outside the Marathon store at 2115 East Ave. when they arrived about 2 a.m. At the scene, officers recovered two sledgehammers, a chisel, pliers and several trash bags.
Watts was arrested without a fight and declined to speak to officers. However, at one point, he said the business needed “to have a drive-up window,” the report shows.
When the owner arrived to survey the damage, Watts said to officers: “I told him I was gonna come back for the rest of that beer.”
Watts also was charged with vandalism and possession of criminal tools. He was being held in Summit County Jail.