Stupidest Crimes: Burglar Previously Found Stuck in Air Duct Caught Stealing Again

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Here’s another “stupid burglar” story you may find hard to believe. I almost posted about this when the report first appeared last August, but when the same burglar was just arrested for trying again – now I have to give him the attention he deserves.

Authorities say becoming trapped inside a restaurant’s air duct during an alleged failed burglary attempt last year may not have been enough to stop a man from trying again. North Charleston police charged Kevin Michael Harley, 23, with theft of an air-conditioning unit after the owner of Stardust Skating Center found him taking equipment from the business Saturday morning.

What Happened Last Time

Mr. Harley gained quite a bit of notoriety the first time around, when he had to call for help after getting stuck in a restaurant exhaust duct. This 2010 report from Charleston, SC was widely circulated.

A man trapped in a restaurant’s grease vent for more than six hours was arrested on burglary charges Monday. North Charleston police charged Kevin Michael Harley, 23, of North Charleston with burglary in the second-degree after they found him upright in a vent with socks on his hands. An employee told police that she entered the Shoney’s at 6328 Rivers Ave. at 4:47 a.m. and heard someone calling for help.

It Gets Better

She called police, who entered the restaurant and ordered the man to show himself. The suspect said he couldn’t because he was stuck in the vent. Officers then noticed a foot dangling in a vent above one of the stoves, according to an incident report. Officers went up on the roof and found the man stuck vertically in the vent. He was wearing socks on his hands to avoid leaving fingerprints, the report states. He was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries sustained in the vent and then later taken to jail.

If at First You Don’t Succeed

So, back to this recent report from the foiled heist at the Stardust Skating Center. Mr. Harley was clearly not finished with his criminal career, and the embarrassment (and probable jail time) associated with the failed attempt from August were clearly not enough to deter him. In fact, he was scheduled to face trial for the August attempt less than a week after he was arrested at the skating rink. Sadly for him, he was caught in the act – again.

The owner held Harley at gunpoint at the Spaulding Drive skating rink until police arrived, according to an incident report released Monday. Harley has at least five previous convictions for second-degree burglary dating back to 2006, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

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  1. Alan

    Great series, Peter. Sounds like there’s no shortage of these people out there.

    Perhaps there’s more to the story we don’t know on some of these, but on the surface, they sure look stupid.

  2. Alan

    Great series, Peter. Sounds like there’s no shortage of these people out there.

    Perhaps there’s more to the story we don’t know on some of these, but on the surface, they sure look stupid.

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