Cops: Burglar Came Back for Stuff Left Behind
Namely, his car keys, car
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2015 2:41 PM CDT
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(Newser) – If only Caleb Shay Funke had invested in a clap-automated key finder. The 22-year-old showed up at the scene of a home burglary in Twin Falls, Idaho, on Saturday and was arrested shortly thereafter for the crime—all because cops say he left his car keys in the house, the Times-News reports. The homeowner had come home to a ransacked house, the paper notes, as well as an unfamiliar silver car parked behind the house.

As officers were peering into the locked car (where they say they could clearly see cash and jewelry on one of the seats), they say another car pulled up and dropped off Funke, who told cops a friend had borrowed his car and locked the keys inside, the Times-News notes. Cue one of the home's residents, who walked out of the house dangling the keys left inside (which unlocked Funke's car); the homeowner also found someone else's cellphone on a bed. Funke tried to say he knew the real burglar, but he was arrested and eventually admitted to police—who say they found a piece of the homeowner's jewelry in Funke's pocket—to being involved in that burglary, plus two others in the neighborhood. (A Delaware burglary suspect had to call 911 after getting stuck in an elevator.)