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Burglar Gets Trapped Inside Ada Eye Care Center

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Garvin was inside for nearly an hour. Surveillance cameras capture his every move starting around 5 a.m. Saturday. Garvin was inside for nearly an hour. Surveillance cameras capture his every move starting around 5 a.m. Saturday.
ADA, Oklahoma -

This one is truly bizarre. A man breaks into a store and then calls 911 on himself. But that's not even the strangest thing about the break-in.

Michael Garvin, 22, used the businesses phone to call 911. He apparently hung up the first time. The dispatcher had to call back twice. Garvin picked up the second time. The bizarre business break-in still has Ada police, and Ada Family Eye Care owner Chris Gurley scratching their heads.

"He obviously wasn't in the right state of mind, I'm sure. He ended up wearing some of my staff's lab coats, and tried on different clothing," said Gurley. "There was apparently a pair of shorts that were even in my office back there that he found."

Garvin was inside for nearly an hour. Surveillance cameras capture his every move starting around 5 a.m. Saturday.

"He was pretty incoherent. His actions weren't that of a normal person," said Ada Police Chief, Mike Miller.

"He got a little bit agitated because he couldn't get out, and at that point is when he started tearing up a few displays and clearing off a few counters with golf clubs," said Gurley.

Chris says it appears Garvin kicked in the bottom glass of the front door, and at some point that glass slid down. Chris believes the burglar thought his exit was blocked.

"Simple door latch might have gotten him out," said Gurley.

But, Garvin called 911. When police arrive, he threw a hand mirror at them then ran and hid in the attic.

"They found that the front door was busted in and saw someone inside and called for backup," said Miller. "We were able to surround the building, go in and find this person that broke in, and arrested him."

"[I've] never had anyone in my office not be able to get out," said Gurley.

Garvin was released from the Ponotoc County jail Tuesday on a $1,000 bond. News 9's request for the 911 calls were denied.

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