Hot Pocket heist leads to discovery of suspect in child's playhouse

Hot Pocket heist leads to discovery of suspect in child's playhouse
Police say they found one of the suspects inside this playhouse on the grounds of a nearby church. (Source: WAFF)
Police say they found one of the suspects inside this playhouse on the grounds of a nearby church. (Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Police said one person is injured and three in custody following an attempted robbery at a grocery store.

Witnesses say three people tried to steal a cart full of Hot Pockets and Slim Jims from Holiday Foods on the 2700 block of Patton Road in Huntsville.

According to construction workers at the scene, the trio ran out of the store with the manager chasing them. They say the robbers body-slammed the manager and knocked her unconscious.

The three construction workers say they chased after the robbers. A woman was able to escape in a car, while one man ran in to a nearby church.

The Huntsville Police Department SWAT team was called to the scene and arrested the man inside a child-sized playhouse outside of the church.

Police identified the man as 18-year-old Deionte Thompson. He was charged with second-degree robbery and taken to Metro Jail.

Church members we spoke with said they have security measures in place, but may add more following this incident.

"We're going to try and make some changes, but we keep the place locked up," said Connie Barnett.

The construction workers were able to get the license plate number off of the getaway car. Police used the information from the license plate to go to the woman's house and arrest her.

The third suspect was arrested at a different location. Police said Thompson's accomplices in the crime were two 17-year-old females. Their names have not been released.

They were taken to the Neaves-Davis Center and are also charged with second-degree burglary.

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