Burglars Find Kiddie Porn, Then Turn in Evidence – and Themselves!

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I read reams of crime reports, and share many of them with you – especially the ones that make a point, clarify an issue, or explain how something works. My goal is to inform and educate, since while there may be little rocket science in home security, there is some complexity, and a fair bit of misinformation out there. But now and then I read an article which stands out, and that I just must share. Today’s post is just such a story: two teens broke into a barn in southern California, and having found child pornography, turned the evidence (and themselves) in.

There is honor among thieves. Two teenage burglars risked arrest by tipping off Merced County authorities that CDs they’d stolen from a barn contained child pornography. Their decision to come forward resulted in the arrest earlier this week of Kraig Stockard, 54, of Delhi, Calif., on suspicion of possession of pornography of children under 14, Merced County sheriff’s spokesman Tom MacKenzie said.

How it Happened

The young men, ages 17 and 19, took the 50 CDs to be blanks, and asked a family member — possibly an older sister — to load them with music, he said. She discovered the pornography and persuaded the young men to go to their parents, who insisted they turn the discs over to deputies, MacKenzie said.  The teenagers made no effort to hide what they’d done, Mackenzie said. “They were pretty straightforward about it,” he said.

The Burglars Did the Right Thing

The Merced County district attorney is reviewing the case for possible burglary as well as pornography charges, “but I’m pretty sure the D.A. will show leniency,” MacKenzie said. “If they didn’t tell us what they did, we wouldn’t have found out something more heinous. “It just goes to show, there’s a line even the bad guys won’t cross,” MacKenzie said. The two young burglars were not arrested and therefore are not being identified, MacKenzie said.

A crime is a still crime, but clearly some crimes are worse than others. The law recognizes that.

The Victim Even Reported the Burglary!

Stockard had reported the theft of propane tanks, tools and sodas, but not the missing CDs, to authorities, MacKenzie said. Deputies had Stockard come in, ostensibly to recover the stolen property, and confronted him with the CDs. He confessed eventually that they were his, MacKenzie said. Investigators got a search warrant and seized three desktop computers and an external hard drive that Stockard led them to believe could contain more pornographic material.

While this set of circumstances may not be unique, I can’t remember the last time I saw burglars turn themselves in based on what they found in their loot. And the good news in this situation is that one of the burglar’s sibling and their parents were all in accord about the right thing to do. I hope the authorities do exercise leniency, as this case may set a precedent that others might follow.

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