As I’ve indicated before, the Internet is flooded daily with crime reports and burglary stories from across the US – and I read a lot of them. The ones that describe particularly inept burglars generally catch my eye: not just because the perps are usually caught (which is a good thing), but also because it’s often tough to understand just what these people were thinking. My latest tale of a bungled burglary comes from Utah, where a stalker in a Salt Lake City suburb let his appetite get the best of him. In this recent news report in The Salt Lake Tribune, you’ll meet an intruder who is facing jail time for breaking and entering on an empty stomach.
A 21-year-old man faces felony charges of burglary and theft for allegedly breaking into a Murray woman’s home and eating two cans of soup worth $4.
Now there’s a crime report lead-in that you don’t read every day…
The Facts Behind the Case
According to charging documents, the woman’s alarm company notified her on Aug. 27, 2010, that her home security system had been activated. When she arrived home, the woman saw that someone had entered through a window and eaten the cans of soup, the documents state. Murray police dusted the home for fingerprints and found one on one of the soup cans, documents state. The Murray police crime lab later identified the print as belonging to the man.
Hooray! Someone with a monitored alarm system! Most of the reports I read indicate there was no system in place – which is why there are so many burglaries in the first place!
Turns Out He Was a Serial (not Cereal) Burglar
Court records indicate the man had previously pleaded guilty in 2010 to a third-degree felony charge of burglary. In 2009, he pleaded guilty in a different case to a third-degree felony charge of attempted theft by receiving stolen property. The man was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with the new charges of burglary, a second-degree felony, and theft, a third-degree felony.
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