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Guy Breaks Into Bullock's Home While She's There

But actress is fine

(Newser) - An intruder broke into Sandra Bullock's home early yesterday—and the actress was home at the time, along with her 4-year-old son. Law enforcement sources tell Today that suspect Joshua Corbett, 39, may have been obsessed with Bullock and kept a diary about her. He allegedly rummaged through her... More »

Suspect in Home Invasions, Rapes Killed in Gunfight

Charlie Christopher Bates accused of break-ins, assaults last night

(Newser) - Police shot and killed a 24-year-old man yesterday after a dramatic chase and shootout following an even more dramatic crime spree. Charlie Christopher Bates allegedly broke into several homes last night, Fox 13 reports. In the first, police say he tied up a group of men who were watching the... More »

Legendary Thief Caught by Retired Archnemesis

Lonnie Mason had been on Blane Nordahl's trail for decades

(Newser) - It's a criminal tale that reads like Catch Me If You Can. At its center: a thief of antique silver alleged to have burgled 500 homes over 30 years (including that of Ivanka Trump) and the retired detective who spent his career trailing him. Blane Nordahl was arrested yesterday... More »

Woman Unmasks Burglar: It's Her Grandson

Just as she suspected

(Newser) - An Albuquerque grandmother thought she recognized a masked burglar who entered her home on Friday morning—and when Pamela Dearinger managed to rip off his bandana, her suspicions were confirmed: It was her grandson, police say. Thomas Clark, 22, came in through the back door while she was watching TV,... More »

Burglar Swipes Baby's Ashes

'Silver-looking' box contained remains of child who died at birth

(Newser) - We get it, burglars. You like shiny things. But some things are off-limits no matter how shiny, and one of those definitely should have been the small box containing the ashes of Caleb Ean Hughey, who died at birth in 2008. The Hughey family came home Monday to find that... More »

Burglar Hears Scary Noise, Calls Cops

Turns out it was probably a cat

(Newser) - A burglar in Romania was arrested—after he called the cops himself. Marius Ionescu, 31, apparently got scared by a noise while looting a house; fearing another robber at work, he dove under the bed and called police to save him, the Metro reports. They arrived to find no one... More »

Maine Cops Nab Hermit Suspected in 1K Burglaries

Christopher Knight had lived in woods for 27 years

(Newser) - A man who lived like a hermit for decades in the woods of central Maine—and who may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries—has been captured, authorities say. Police say 47-year-old Christopher Knight was arrested last week while stealing food from a camp in Rome. Yesterday, authorities... More »

Cops: Burglar Stole Presents, Regifted Them

But he rewrapped them first

(Newser) - The ultimate in regifting: Cops near Chicago say a man broke into two homes, swiped wrapped presents, then rewrapped them to give to his own friends and family, reports the Chicago Tribune . The 42-year-old suspect even installed a stolen ceiling fan in his bedroom, police say. His undoing was that... More »

Cops Catch Burglar Asleep on the Floor

Apparently nodded off while robbing house

(Newser) - No car chases necessary: Police picked up a burglar curled up on the kitchen floor of the Oregon house he was trying to rob, they say. The homeowners called police after spotting the 20-year-old sleeping man. He had apparently entered the home through an unlocked door before searching for valuables,... More »

Armed Robbers Make Sure Victim Has Bus Fare

They give back $2 after sticking gun in his face

(Newser) - From the crime blotter: The Dayton Daily News reports that an armed robber pressed a gun against a man's forehead at a bus stop and took his cell phone and money. But before he and his accomplice fled, they asked their victim if he had enough money for bus... More »

Teen 'Go-Kart Bandit' Busted for 100 Burglaries

Nashville cops say orphan was behind crime wave

(Newser) - Police in Nashville have busted a 14-year-old boy they believe caused a crime wave in the north of the city single-handedly. The teen—described by police as an "innovative individual"—is believed to have been behind more than 100 robberies over the last two years in which he... More »

IT Guy Foils Burglar From 6 Blocks Away

Motion detector in apartment sent images of break-in to his smartphone

(Newser) - A burglar made a huge mistake yesterday when he decided to break into the Manhattan apartment of a computer geek who had set up a motion-detecting camera that transmitted photos directly to his smartphone, reports the New York Post . Levent Cetiner was six blocks from his home when he received... 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 »

Dad Busted for Murder for Stabbing Burglar

'This is a serious incident,' says cop

(Newser) - A British dad who apparently stabbed to death a would-be thief during an attempted home invasion has been arrested on suspicion of murder, according to police. Vincent Cooke, 39, was home alone when two men broke in, planning to steal, police believe. When Cooke was threatened, he stabbed one of... More »

Jeopardy Host Hurt Chasing Hotel Burglar

Alex Trebek snapped Achilles tendon during pursuit

(Newser) - "I deal with answers and questions," Jeopardy host Alex Trebek told the crowd at the National Geographic World Championship after hobbling onstage on crutches. "Today I'm going to start with the answer to a question on many of your minds right now. The answer is: '... More »

Iowa Congressman Fights Off Burglar

After scuffle, grandson scares him off with shotgun

(Newser) - Apparently Leonard Boswell is the wrong guy to try to rob. An armed intruder broke into the US representative’s Iowa farmhouse this weekend, only to discover that Boswell and his family were home. Boswell, a 77-year-old army veteran, made a grab for the burglar’s gun, the Des Moines ... 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 »

No Charges for Woman Who Killed Pot Burglar

Colorado marijuana grower shoots, stabs intruders

(Newser) - A marijuana grower who shot dead one burglar and critically injured another won't be facing any charges at this time, say Colorado cops. Karen Cordova, 48, attacked the men after they broke into her home, where she grows medical marijuana, the Longmont Times-Call reports. One of the men had... More »

High-Class Cat Burglar 'Rico Suave' Roams LA

Debonair thief took $45K from Four Seasons days before Oscars

(Newser) - The LAPD has been on his trail since October, but that didn’t stop debonair burglar “Rico Suave” from pulling off a heist just days before the Oscars at one of Beverly Hills’ most glamorous hotels in the middle of a massive police presence. The thief apparently used his... More »

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