Serial Burglar Cut Phone Lines, Targeted Homes in Advance

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Judges see a lot of burglars in court these days. For one thing, there are more burglaries happening in many jurisdictions: for another, police are getting better at catching the bad guys. In many cases the judge is throwing the book at these intruders, especially when the perps are hardened criminals with multiple convictions and repeated offences – like this burglar who was sentenced to 100 years for a long string of home invasions. In other cases, leading up to the trial, judges exercise discretion on setting bail, which is often high for serial offenders. Today’s blog post examines just such a case, where a burglary suspect in Germantown, Tennessee (just east of Memphis) appears to have continued his trade, even while free on bond from pervious arrests. Amazing – but true.

A suspected habitual burglar who police say had a shopping list of homes to target in Germantown is back in jail — at least for a little while. Germantown police arrested Mickey Edwards on Wednesday afternoon as he tried to retrieve his 2007 gray Mercedes that police had impounded. His latest charge is the result of a home break-in in mid-November on Mourning Dove Drive.

Telling it to the Judge

Said Edwards, “The point is I’m out on three bonds. I made $35,000 bond (in August). About one-and-a-half weeks ago, I made a $50,000 bond. I came again and made a $100,000 bond on Monday,” Edwards told the judge while representing himself. “My point is this charge should have been on the bond I just made. These are charges that they have been holding back on me.”

The Judge Didn’t Buy it

His plea fell flat before City Judge Raymond Clift. The prosecutor did not recommend a specific amount for the new bond, but asked that it be “substantial.” Clift ordered Edwards to pay an additional bond of $15,000, for a total of $200,000 in appearance bonds based on the four cases he has pending in Germantown. All are for aggravated burglary and theft of property dating back to June.

What He Reportedly Stole

In all four cases, a burglar took cash, jewelry, laptop computers, an iPod, an iPad and other items. Two credit cards taken from two of the homes were used to buy gas and make one Internet payment to Health Solutions Network for $217. As of Wednesday night, Edwards was still in the Germantown Jail.

Another Case of a Burglar Cutting the Phone Line

One Germantown homeowner whose house was burglarized over Thanksgiving said she would buy back some family heirlooms if she could. She said she and her husband returned home to discover that the electric meter had been pulled off and their telephone lines cut.

This is typical – one more case where a savvy intruder cut the phone line, knowing that most alarm systems need that old-fashioned phone line to communicate the alarm. Too bad her system did not have cellular monitoring, which doesn’t require a phone line – that’s why the best alarm companies favor cellular systems over traditional methods.

The break in the case came when Edwards drove by the woman’s house just as police were questioning her. When the police stopped Edwards and asked him to get out of the car, the affidavit says, “He dropped two sheets of paper, which he attempted to kick underneath the vehicle.” The handwritten list showed 31 homes in Germantown and indicated whether there were newspapers in the driveway or mail in the mailboxes, vehicles in the driveway or a trash can at the street.

Now there’s one burglar who had a bad day – and who should be going away for a long time. And the fact that this criminal went so far as to cut the phone and power lines to disable any alarm system simply reinforces the fact that cellular monitoring is the only safe and reliable way to protect your home and family – and increase your peace of mind. And we already know that a home protected by a monitored alarm system is only a third as likely to suffer an intrusion, so it just makes sense to have the right kind of protection.

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  1. Alan Draper

    Wow, that last sentence of that last article quote was pretty creepy. We hear about all the methods used by criminals, but to see an actual explicit example brings it home.

    And yeah, an alarm system system using only old telephone lines or broadband connection is largely just more security theatre that we see so often in many ways these days.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Thanks, Alan – our sentiments exactly! It’s going to be tough for some of the new entrants (phone and cable companies) who are trying to add home security to their offerings to gain real traction, once people realize how vulnerable these other systems are.

  2. Alan Draper

    Wow, that last sentence of that last article quote was pretty creepy. We hear about all the methods used by criminals, but to see an actual explicit example brings it home.

    And yeah, an alarm system system using only old telephone lines or broadband connection is largely just more security theatre that we see so often in many ways these days.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Thanks, Alan – our sentiments exactly! It’s going to be tough for some of the new entrants (phone and cable companies) who are trying to add home security to their offerings to gain real traction, once people realize how vulnerable these other systems are.