There are hundreds of thousands of burglaries every year in the UK, and around the world the problem is just as common. There are many theories as to why it happens, and every day the newspapers and TV are filled with stories about intruders and thieves who have broken in to a stranger’s home and stolen what is precious to them. A lot of the time, we don’t hear the stories of people who try and steal our goods and fail miserably. Maybe we should do more often. Sometimes we just need the reassurance that sometimes, crime doesn’t always pay. Here are five great stories of burglaries who failed in their terrible task:
1. The Burglar who forgot his phone
A few years ago, in Washington DC, a man was arrested when he broke into a house and proceeded to go through the house stealing whatever he could. He was disturbed during the robbery and left the home in a hurry. When he was arrested later on, he was confused as to how the police knew it was him. He then learned that he had plugged his phone into the wall of the house to charge the battery and left it there. The police then called numbers on the phone to find out who the owner was, and the jig was up. The 25 year old man was later charged with 10 burglaries.
2. The Burglar with a bad alibi
Last year in Belgium, a man was arrested on suspicion of robbing a jewellery store in Liege. But the man had a pretty good alibi, or so he thought. The alibi was that he was busy breaking into a school at the same time, so he couldn’t possibly have been doing both. He probably should have kept that to himself, as he was then charged with breaking into the school.
3. The Burglar with a conscience
In 2007, somebody broke into a home in New Mexico and stole $1,000 cash and jewellery worth a lot more, including a piece of jewellery that was given to the person by somebody who was on their deathbed. Three years later, the items were returned, including a handwritten letter from the burglar apologising for what he had done and for putting them through so much. The victim told police that she was satisfied with this and no longer wanted the burglar found or charged.
4.The Burglar with a sense of humour
A burglar in Oak Hill, Greater London was disturbed by a couple returning home from shopping and took refuge upstairs in their home. He waited a long time for the couple to venture out again, and then made a big mistake. One of the home-owners made a joke, and the burglar laughed, alerting them to his presence and leading to his arrest.
5. The Burglar who got stuck
A burglar who had just robbed a home in Maastricht, Holland made a huge error when he tried to escape from the scene of the crime. Climbing up to the rooftop in a bid to get away, the 33 year old thief tripped and fell down a chimney. Police were called after the burglar was heard shouting for help by the victims neighbours.
Author Bio: Daley has an avid interest in home security. He works with All in One Security to ensure homes are protected with quality security products.