Man Found Hiding in Applebee's Ceiling

Employees noticed a man had walked into the restroom at Applebee's and then vanished.

ROYERSFORD, PA—A homeless man was found concealed in the ceiling of a local Applebee's on Sept. 20. 

Employees called police to report a suspicious person who had walked into the Royersford restaurant and gone into the restroom. The employees told police they thought the man might have been wearing a wig.

When they checked the restroom, the person appeared to have vanished. Employees then noticed that an access panel in the ceiling had been moved and that there were footprints on a toilet below the panel. 

Limerick police officer Timothy DiGregorio entered through the access panel, and reportedly found 44-year-old Leslie Hornung III in the crawlspace.

Police found a wig and gloves in the crawlspace after Hornung exited. The report states that Hornung allegedly disguised himself because he worked at Applebee's and would have been recognized by other employees. 

Police say they believe Hornung planned to hide in the crawlspace until the Applebee's closed and then commit a burglary of the business. 

Hornung, who has an extensive criminal history according to the report, was arrested and charged with felony trespass and felony attempted burglary. He is incarcerated at Montgomery County Correctional Facility pending a hearing. 

SMYRNA-X September 26, 2012 at 05:30 AM
itz hrad enuf two tpye on dis lil fone wit des meet fingas, naw I gots two chek spelling to. Srry honeybooboo
Lorraine Kemer September 26, 2012 at 04:30 PM
This thief has an extensive criminal history, yet he is working at Applebee's restaurant. When are restaurants going to start screening applications and stop hiring criminals and illegals? Many people (all legal nationalities) in this country are out of work and would love to have this man's job. He had a job and was going to steal from the same company that employed him. Glad he was caught.
Stephen Eickhoff September 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
The problem is, Lorraine, that if we no one hires ex-cons, what choice do they have but to return to crime to support themselves?
Escalonz September 26, 2012 at 05:38 PM
One good thing that came about all this is he no longer is homeless............
Shawnee September 26, 2012 at 08:15 PM


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