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Man Accused of Breaking In, Then a 'Dirt-Baggish' Move

Cops say Matthew Robert Paul rented out home that wasn't his while owners were vacationing

(Newser) - With a fireplace and a deck overlooking the bay, the home on Hermosa Beach Road was a desirable rental—so much so that a man who didn't even own the Marysville, Wash., home rented it out. KIRO 7 reports 35-year-old Matthew Robert Paul (or "Ryan," as the... More »

Teen Turns Down Plea Deal, Ends Up With 65-Year Sentence

18-year-old Lakieth Smith laughs during his sentencing

(Newser) - Lakieth Smith probably regrets his decision to turn down a 25-year plea deal offered to the Alabama teen in March. On Thursday, the 18-year-old was sentenced to 65 years in prison on charges of burglary, theft, and felony murder, reports the Montgomery Advertiser . It was actually a police officer, not... More »

Try Not to Laugh If You See This Man. Also, Call Police

Digital composite of UK burglary suspect with wide grin goes viral

(Newser) - Officers hoped their digital sketch of a suspect would be seen by as many people as possible and, in that sense, they succeeded. A composite depiction of a suspected burglar went viral Tuesday when it was shared on Twitter by Warwickshire Police in the UK. It shows what Mashable describes... More »

Burglars Knew He Wasn't Home. He Was Playing in Super Bowl

Police investigate break-in at home of Patriots player Rob Gronkowski

(Newser) - Celebrities have been warned not to give out their locations in real time for fear of opportunistic intruders entering their vacant homes. Unfortunately for Rob Gronkowski, just about everyone knew the New England Patriots tight end would be at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis on Sunday. Upon returning home from... More »

3 Women Killed While Trying to Flee Home Invasion

The deaths are believed to bring St. Louis homicide total to a 21-year high

(Newser) - Authorities say three women were shot to death as they tried to escape when burglars broke into their St. Louis home, the AP reports. St. Louis Police Maj. John Hayden says the shooting happened early Friday on the city's north side. Police said the victims were 25-year-old Reeba Moore,... More »

Thieves Steal $400K Worth of Stuff From Venus Williams' Home

Burglary happened while Williams was at US Open

(Newser) - Burglars hit tennis star Venus Williams' Florida home, stealing $400,000 worth of goods while she was at the US Open, the AP reports. The burglary happened between Sept. 1 and Sept. 5 at Williams' 10,000-square-foot home, which is in a well-to-do gated community, Palm Beach Gardens police said... More »

Woman Charged After 'Sugar Daddy' Shot in Head

Prosecutors say Jennifer Morrissey tried to make murder look like a robbery

(Newser) - "Get the gun ready cause I'm coming. ... I'm gonna stab ya," prosecutors say Jennifer Morrissey texted Michael McNew on the day he died. She added: "I'll gut you like I'm field dressing a [expletive] deer." NBC Philadelphia reports the 33-year-old Morrissey was... More »

Cops Finally Catch 'Ninja' Thief, and It's a Surprise

Agile crook who eluded police for 8 years is 74 years old, say authorities in Japan

(Newser) - For the better part of a decade, an agile, black-clad thief eluded police in Osaka, Japan, as he pulled off burglary after burglary. But the reign of the crook who came to be known as the "Ninja of Heisei" appears to be over, and it came with a big... More »

Podcast Star Pleads Guilty in Alabama S-Town Case

Tyler Goodson of 'S-Town' is taking the rap for felony burglary, misdemeanor theft and trespassing

(Newser) - An Alabama man featured in the hit podcast S-Town pleaded guilty Monday to criminal charges linked to events that occurred in the serial, per the AP . Tyler Goodson, 26, of Woodstock, pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge and two misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal trespassing and will get... More »

Thieves Drill Through Paris Catacombs, Steal $300K of Wine

More than 300 bottles stolen from cellar near Luxembourg Gardens

(Newser) - The catacombs 65 feet under Paris are home to the bones of 6 million people, tours, illegal parties, secret film festivals, and—on one recent night—thieves making off with nearly $300,000 worth of fancy wine. The Guardian reports thieves drilled into a cellar belonging to an apartment near... More »

Most Hotel Locks Had a Fatal Glitch. He Had the Key

Aaron Cashatt burgled dozens of hotel rooms using homemade hacking device

(Newser) - "It was like the heavens had opened," Aaron Cashatt says of the first time he broke into a hotel room using a homemade device made of little more than a circuit board, wires, and a nine-volt battery. Cashatt found instructions to build the device, which unlocks a very... More »

Someone Broke Into Dean Heller's Office

Police investigating burglary at his Las Vegas office

(Newser) - Sen. Dean Heller's office in Las Vegas has been burglarized, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Details are scarce, but police say they were dispatched to investigate the burglary around 9am Sunday. "Entry did occur," a police rep says, but the investigation is ongoing. Politico notes Heller is... More »

'We Went Down All the Slides': Alleged Snapchat Confession

Teens busted for early-morning break-in at SC water park: cops

(Newser) - Two teens in Myrtle Beach, SC, have apparently never heard the phrase "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas"—though in this case, Vegas is "the water park." Logan Brooke Larrimore and Farren Marie Lane, both 18, were arrested and charged Wednesday with third-degree burglary after... More »

Theft of GPS Tracking Devices Backfires Spectacularly

Burglar's attempt to steal a beer also went wrong

(Newser) - It's only June, but a crook in California may already have a lock on the Dumbest Criminal of 2017 award. Authorities had little trouble tracking the thief down after he stole 100 GPS trackers along with other items from the Santa Clara offices of tech firm Roambee, NBC4 reports.... More »

Police: FedEx Worker Burgled Homes While on the Clock

Kevin Baker, 57, charged with first-degree burglary

(Newser) - A FedEx employee in the Bay Area is accused of burglarizing homes while he was supposed to be working, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Police say 57-year-old Kevin Baker ripped off three homes near Palo Alto between May 3 and May 17. Baker is a convicted felon with a bunch... More »

Drunk Woman Breaks Into Home, Goes to Sleep: Cops

Homeowner says she almost had a heart attack

(Newser) - The good news is Allison Plusquellic chose to walk home, rather than drive, after a night of drinking in Lower Burrell, Pa., on Friday. The bad news, according to police, is the home she reached—and fell asleep in—wasn’t her own. Police say that after first failing to... More »

University of Kentucky Student's Extreme Exam Heist Fails

Henry Lynch II made his way through air duct

(Newser) - If a University of Kentucky junior had paid a little more attention during statistics lectures, he probably wouldn't have had to try to steal the exam—and he would have been better able to judge the odds of his scheme succeeding. Henry Lynch II, a 21-year-old majoring in biosystems... More »

No Charges for Man Who Killed 3 Teen Burglars

Alleged getaway driver pleads not guilty to murder

(Newser) - The 23-year-old man who shot three teenage burglars dead last week "acted in accordance with his rights as an Oklahoma citizen" and will not face criminal charges, authorities announced this week. Zach Peters, 23, opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle when Jaykob Woodruff, 16, Jacob Redfearn, 17, and... More »

Alleged Getaway Driver in Fatal Burglary: 'I Don't Blame Him'

Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez on man who shot and killed 3 suspects

(Newser) - Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez says she knows that a home burglary she's accused of taking part in earlier this week was "stupid" and "wrong"—and she doesn't blame a 23-year-old Oklahoma man for killing three of her alleged partners at the scene of that crime, ABC... More »

Girlfriend at Heart of Burglary That Ended With 3 Teens Dead

Elizabeth Rodriguez allegedly had prior knowledge of the Oklahoma home

(Newser) - Elizabeth Rodriguez believed there were pricey items inside the Broken Arrow, Okla., home of the Peters family. It was for precisely that reason that she planned the home invasion that would get her boyfriend and his two friends killed, police say, per Tulsa World . Rodriguez, 21, has admitted to breaking... More »

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