LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Lebanon police say a suspected burglar is behind bars after his dad called to report the crime.
A press release states the father called Monday and said his son, Nicholas Mitchell, told him he broke into Painturo’s Pizza and needed help.
The 26-year-old former employee is accused of using a hammer to shatter a window at the front of business to get inside. He reportedly suffered severe cuts to his legs while climbing through.
“According to medics, when he went through the glass, it dropped down. He broke the glass with a hammer, and the pane caught him in the knee. He suffered massive blood loss, massive blood loss,” Lisa Painter explained.
Police said Mitchell was on the floor bleeding when they arrived. He was taken to Tennova Healthcare for treatment.
Authorities reportedly found two bank bans with less than $300 inside along with a hammer used to break the glass.
“It pains me. He was a good employee; I was shocked it was him,” the owner told News 2. “He is like family, like a son.”
Mitchell has been charged with burglary, theft, and vandalism. He will be taken to Wilson County jail when he’s released from the hospital.
Painter says Mitchell’s mother, stepfather and other family members offered to clean up and fix the broken front glass.