Man falls through bathroom ceiling in failed burglary attempt at Pizza Express

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MANCHESTER, NH – A city man was arrested Saturday on burglary charges after trying to climb through the ceiling of a bathroom at a local pizza place – located directly across the street from the police station – to gain access to the business office.

Adriano DaCosta, 34, of Manchester, was chased down by Officer Cody Healy after a foiled burglary attempt at Pizza Express on Aug. 26, 2017. At approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday a restaurant employee alerted police to the burglary, after she heard commotion coming from the locked office, located in the back of the restaurant.

The employee told police a man later identified as DaCosta entered the restaurant and headed straight to bathroom, which is adjacent to the employer’s office. She heard a loud commotion, so she entered the bathroom and noticed DaCosta on the floor covered in ceiling tiles and debris.

DaCosta ran out of the open business as soon as he saw the employee enter the bathroom. Officer Cody Healy was exiting the Manchester Police Department public parking lot in his fully marked police car when he noticed an unknown disturbance in front of Pizza Express. He drove across the street and briefly spoke with the female employee who encountered the suspect.

Officer Healy observed a man running east toward Lincoln Street through the Price Rite parking lot. He exited his cruiser on Wilson Street and ordered DaCosta to stop, but he refused –  even as Officer Healy caught up to him and transitioned him to the ground. DaCosta was eventually handcuffed and transported to police headquarters.

Da Costa was charged with burglary, criminal mischief (caused $1,500 worth of damage) and resisting arrest/detention. He was released on $2,000 cash/surety bail and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on October 3, 2017.