Burglars Who Got Caught


Most folks who choose burglary as a profession aren’t necessarily the sharpest knives in the drawer. Perhaps that’s why they resort to breaking into homes instead of pursuing nuclear physics or biochemical engineering as a career path. What follows is a sampling of some of our favorite “idiot intruders” that is sure to bring a smile to your face — assuming you’re not one of them!

  • Albuquerque, NM – A burglar attempting to steal computer hardware from Central New Mexico Community College was unable to escape when he became ensnared in the window blinds. One has to wonder if the culprit possessed the brain power to know what to do with the hardware even if he managed to break free from his much smarter “captor.”
  • Portland, OR – Proving that it’s always good to know whom to call when you’re in trouble, a burglar dialed 9-1-1 to ask for help after breaking into a home. It appears that this mental giant was startled when the homeowners arrived unexpectedly in the middle of his attempted burglary and believed that the police might be able to get him out of the jam.
  • Centralia, WA – A dog may be man’s best friend — except when his owner is a burglar who takes his dog with him as he practices his craft. A dimwitted crook in Washington State made off with a pile of loot from a home, but left his dog behind. The police officer who responded to the call recognized the dog — he’d seen the owner walking it earlier in the day — and was able to track down the owner with minimal effort.
  • Carroll, IA – Two misguided burglars in Iowa felt that covering the faces with black magic marker would be enough to conceal their identity. Unfortunately for them, a witness saw the pair speeding away in a vehicle and was able to provide an accurate description to police. It wasn’t hard for the cops to figure out that two men with magic marker on their face were probably up to no good. The burglary attempt did occur in October, so maybe the crooks were confused and thought it was Halloween.
  • Madrid, Spain – It’s an indisputable fact that most burglaries are committed by living, breathing human beings and not corpses. When police in Madrid responded to a report of a break-in at a funeral home, they found the would-be burglar lying in a glass chamber used for viewings. The perpetrator’s drab, dirty clothes and the fact that he was breathing were both “dead” giveaways.

Titan Alarm: Home Security That Works

While these unsuccessful break-in attempts may be humous, most burglaries are no laughing matter. Titan Alarm, Inc. can provide a comprehensive security solution that will protect your property against burglary and home invasion. We can provide a video surveillance system that will enable a home invasion to be caught on camera, as well as burglar alarms, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, motion sensors and more. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation security consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on October 31, 2018.