Police: Man breaks into Tulsa home, falls asleep in closet

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A man was arrested Tuesday after police say he was found unconscious in the closet of a house he allegedly broke into this week.

TULSA, Okla. – Police say a Tulsa man was arrested Tuesday after he was found unconscious in a closet of a house he allegedly broke into this week.

According to KJRH, 21-year-old Neil Burch broke into a home in Tulsa around 3 p.m. Monday.

The man allegedly tried to steal from the home, placing items by the back door.

At some point, police say the man took some prescription medication and passed out in the closet of the master bedroom.

“In the middle of his burglary, he must have found some opiates — opiate medications. He took the drugs in the middle of his burglary and just couldn’t stay awake long enough to complete,” Cpl. Mark Shelton told KJRH.

Authorities believe the man may have been asleep for around 16 hours.

The daughter of the homeowner, who was checking on the house while her mother was out of town, found the intruder and called authorities, KJRH reports.

Right now, they believe the burglary was a random break-in.

After Burch was arrested, police say he requested to be taken to a nearby hospital due to the drugs in his system.

He allegedly tried to escape from the hospital by slipping out of his handcuffs and running away.

However, two law enforcement officers were able to catch up to him.

Burch was booked into the Tulsa County Jail.

More on the story at KJRH.

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