A suspected burglar told police he'd been suspended from work without pay and had gambled away most of his paycheck trying to win money to pay rent.
Police spotted Luqman F. Muhammad, 32, running from the Pines Manor Apartments office, 512 N. Pines Road, with a lockbox under his arm two minutes after midnight today, said Sgt. Dave Reagan.
A witness had called 911 to report hearing and seeing someone break into the manager's office. Police found cash, checks, rental receipts and paperwork in the box.
Muhammad is due in Superior Court this afternoon on a second-degree burglary charge.
In a news release, Reagan called the April Fool's Day arrest "no joke."