Cops: Guy Gave Neighbor Gift, Regifted It—to Himself

That'll be one charge of felony burglary
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2015 3:29 PM CDT
Cops: Guy Gave Neighbor Gift, Regifted It—to Himself
Alleged Neighbor of the Year, Alfred Joseph Guercio, 54, of Burnsville, Minn.   (Smoking Gun)

You know how you thought it was so nice your neighbor gave you that Christmas gift, even though you really had no use for it and just stuck it on top of the fridge? Well, there's a slight difference between a fruitcake and a knife set, and a more than slight difference between the Cleavers and Alfred Joseph Guercio, who police say decided his neighbor "did not appreciate" the aforementioned knife set properly and "was upset that she was not using the knives in the way they had agreed for her to use them," and thus pounded on her door to demand their return.

As the Smoking Gun reports, Guercio allegedly refused to let a Minnesota woman identified in police reports only as "JMS" close the door, then shoved his way in to retrieve the knives in question himself because "he felt like she wasn't going to get the knives." JMS called 911 as her neighbor's nice gesture took a turn for the creepy and/or violent. Police gave Guercio a felony burglary charge. Unclear, per the Smoking Gun: how Guercio thought the knives should be used. (More weird crimes stories.)

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