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After Owners Get Pulse Nightclub Back, a Break-In

It happened hours after law enforcement turned control back over to owners

(Newser) - Orlando police said Thursday that someone broke into the Pulse nightclub Wednesday night, hours after law enforcement had turned control of the club back over to its owners, the AP reports. The club had been under police custody as part of the investigation into the June 12 shooting that left... More »

Accused White House Intruder Had Lots of Ammo

Omar Gonzalez was also armed in previous arrest: prosecutors

(Newser) - A former Army soldier accused of sprinting across the White House lawn and into the executive mansion on Friday had over 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete, and two hatchets in his car, prosecutors said today. They made their allegations during a 20-minute federal hearing where the suspect, Omar Gonzalez,... More »

Alaskan Bears Behind Rash of Break-Ins

They even seem to be smashing cabin windows for the heck of it

(Newser) - An environmental expert traveled 50 miles of Alaskan coastline last week, and every single cabin he encountered had suffered a break-in—by bears, reports Alaska Dispatch News . Though periodic bear break-ins aren't unusual, this season the creatures have bashed their way into "dozens and dozens" of cabins, a... More »

Man Convicted of Murder for Shooting Teen Burglars

Prosecutors claimed Byron Smith set a trap

(Newser) - A Minnesota man was convicted of premeditated murder yesterday for shooting and killing two teens who broke into his home in 2012. The prosecution claimed Byron Smith made it look as if he wasn't home, then waited for intruders; his home had been a target of break-ins in the... More »

Tip for Burglars: Get Away Before Opening the Tequila

Intruder found 'passed out' in Sacramento-area home

(Newser) - A couple near Sacramento returned home to discover that their home had been burglarized and—cue the suspense music—that an intruder was still inside. But that's where the movie-like drama fizzles a bit: "He was passed out," Lori Hensley tells Fox40 Sacramento . "That’s when... More »

US Serviceman Breaks Into Home, Punches Teen: Japan

Pentagon has another Okinawa controversy

(Newser) - In yet another incident unlikely to endear the people of Okinawa to the US presence there, a drunken US serviceman broke into an apartment building on the island and punched a 13-year-old boy in the face in the wee hours this morning, Japanese authorities alleged today. Police say the man... More »

GOP Rep Slams Office Break-In as 'Attack on Democracy'

But police say no sign of forced entry

(Newser) - The campaign office of Michael Grimm, a Republican congressman from Staten Island, has suffered a break-in, with the windows smashed by cinderblocks and computer hard drives erased, Politico reports. Grimm claims the attack was "politically motivated. This is an attack against a federal campaign office, which is an attack... More »

Armed Intruder Arrested at Miley's LA Home

Singer wasn't around when man allegedly jumped the fence

(Newser) - Maybe it's her new 'do? Whatever, a man allegedly leaped into Miley Cyrus' yard early yesterday morning wielding a pair of scissors, TMZ reports. Police received a 911 call from inside her LA house—not from Miley—and arrested a man named Jason Luis Rivera for trespassing. The... More »

Party Animals: Bears Chug 100 Beers, Trash Cabin

But American bear much tidier when robbing chocolate store

(Newser) - They weren't so much cat burglars as "bear burglars." A mamma bear and her three cubs are believed to have broken into a cabin in Norway, sucked down about 100 cans of beer, and trashed the place, reports the Local . The bears broke in by tearing down... More »

Drunk Thief Falls Asleep in the Middle of Burglary

Cops find Russian man passed out in apartment owner's bed

(Newser) - Note to would-be thieves: You may not want to get drunk while breaking and entering. A man in Russia did just that, authorities say, and he was ultimately brought down by the bottle of vodka he found and drank while attempting to burglarize an apartment in Moscow. He ended up... More »

Guy Used Stolen Bobcat to Steal 2 Deodorant Cans

Chicago man also accused of stealing gift cards

(Newser) - A Chicago man allegedly took quite a few pains to break into a dollar store and steal deodorant: Police say the suspect first stole a Bobcat loader from a construction site a block away, then used it to break the windows at West Side Family Dollar. In addition to the... More »

Pit Bull Survives Shot in Head After Saving Owner

Staten Island pooch helps scare off home invader

(Newser) - A courageous dog saved the day in Staten Island when he helped scare off a home invader and survived a bullet to the head, reports the New York Post . The drama began when a burglar disguised as a FedEx deliveryman tried to break into Justin Becker's apartment. Becker threw... More »

Roomies Foil Beer-Seeking Burglar

Fight breaks out in Chicago apartment

(Newser) - A burglar broke into a Chicago apartment looking for some beer; instead, he got a kick in the groin and criminal charges for his trouble. Early Saturday, Timothy Snyder, 36, allegedly banged on an apartment door, burst in, and went straight for the refrigerator, the Chicago Tribune reports. He hadn’... More »

Cops: Google Maps Helped Burglar Case Homes

Samuel A. Watson confessed his process to police

(Newser) - So you want to rob some houses, but you’re not sure where to start? Well, Samuel A. Watson came up with the idea to use Google Maps, he admits to Chicago police. Watson, suspected of breaking into as many as nine homes since March, “said he Googled ‘... More »

Intruder Eats Celine Dion's Pastry, Runs a Bath

Daniel Bedard also allegedly took notes on Dion's Post-Its

(Newser) - Daniel Bedard was just about to step into his “nice warmish bath” when police arrived … to charge him with allegedly breaking into Celine Dion’s Canada home, where he was about to take said bath. Bedard, 36, had already eaten some pastry out of the fridge when he... More »

Late Show Broken Into Again

Not a good week for the Ed Sullivan Theater

(Newser) - David Letterman seems to be making news more than mocking it lately: Just days after a drunk bashed his way into the Ed Sullivan Theater, where Letterman's Late Show is taped, another man has been charged with breaking into the same storied building. New York City cops say the... More »

Drunk Actor Breaks Into Late Show Theater

22-year-old smashes glass, crawls inside

(Newser) - A struggling actor stuck waiting tables managed to make an appearance at the Ed Sullivan Theater—and was arrested for his trouble. Police say James Whittemore, 22, kicked through a glass door at the home of the Late Show with David Letterman yesterday morning, after a night of drinking, and... More »

'Really Polite' Burglar Offers to Repair Screen

Homeowner says intruder still made her nervous

(Newser) - Authorities say a burglar offered to repair the screen that he damaged breaking into a New Jersey home after he was confronted by the homeowner, telling her that he meant to break into a neighbor's home. The homeowner, Maria Cardona, tells The Press of Atlantic City that the man... More »

Intruder, Homeowner Call the Cops on Each Other

Intruder Timothy James Chapek was scared he might get shot

(Newser) - Oregon police got two 911 calls around the same time last night: One from a homeowner reporting a break-in … and one from the intruder himself, worried the homeowner might hurt him. Timothy James Chapek, 24, told police he had just broken in and was, oddly enough, taking a shower... More »

In Foreclosure Chaos, Banks Loot Wrong Homes

Homeowners return to find possessions gone

(Newser) - Amid wrongful foreclosures and screwy paperwork, banks have been breaking into homes whose owners still occupy them, a flurry of lawsuits argues. Owners have returned home to find the locks changed and their property—from laptops to old photos to the ashes of a loved one—missing, the New York ... More »

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