TV Was Burglary 101 for Robber

By Josie Garthwaite,  Newser User
Posted Sep 17, 2007 8:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – Everything he knew, he learned from TV. That's what a slick burglar told police in Richmond, Ky., when he was finally caught for a string of robberies, the AP reports. News of the man's sentencing and guilty plea last week might make Discovery Channel execs think twice before renewing It Takes a Thief, which reveals tricks of the break-in trade.

A policeman involved with the case said ex-cons on the program explained that skilled burglars generally don't keep stolen items. The 36-year-old Kentucky man adhered to the tip. "He had no physical evidence at his residence whatsoever," the cop said. "When we entered a couple times, he said, 'Come on in, look around. I've done nothing.'"