CHESTER TOWNSHIP - A Phoenixville man died after apparently trying to break into a local business over the weekend, police said.

Employees of a mechanics shop in the 1900 block of Concord Road arrived for work on Monday to discover the body of Charles Ancrum, 50, hanging from a garage door window, according to police Chief Tim Wilson.

Ancrum's body was suspended from the garage door when he was discovered, according to police. His head and left arm were stuck in the small window on the garage door, which was on the side of the building, the chief said.

"You couldn't see the door from the street," Wilson said.

Because the business had been closed all weekend, it is believed Ancrum's body had been there for about two days, police said.

"The man was trying to break into the business and was standing on a work horse," Wilson said. "He broke a small pane of glass in the garage door, which is on the side of the building, and put his head and arm inside of the window."

According to Wilson, it appears the workhorse slipped out from under Ancrum's feet, trapping his head and arm inside the garage window.

An autopsy was conducted by Delaware County Medical Examiner Dr. Fredric N. Hellman Monday. Ancrum died of asphyxiation as a consequence of a neck compression/entrapment, according to Hellman's finding sheet.

The manner of death was ruled an accident.

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