Friday, February 04, 2011

Power outages foil criminal behavior

As we head into the weekend following a week of snow and power outages, it is diverting to consider the latest "stupid crook" story, this one from Silver Spring, MD. The essence:

As the burglar was rifling through the rooms in that house, the homeowner's son arrived and startled him. The burglar jumped out a window and fled. The son called police, who searched the house. They were stunned at what was found: a cellphone, charging in an electric socket, that didn't belong to the homeowner. The phone led police to Cody Wilkins, who is now charged in 10 burglaries. Police say that Wilkins's home lost power in the storm and that he needed a place - anyplace, it seems - to charge his phone. In his haste to flee, he left it charging.

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