Thursday, September 27, 2007

Petty Criminals

On the radio this morning there was a discussion about defending yourself and your property from burglars, what you can and can’t do etc. They were interviewing a man who interrupted a burglar and was told by the police that he should have given the burglar “a good kicking”.

I’m not interested at the moment in discussing the rights and wrongs of this, but it was the man’s next comment that interested me. He said that as well as breaking into his house with the intention of stealing, the burglar had bitten the heads off all of the gingerbread men his children had baked! How nasty is that?

I don’t expect burglars to be nice but really that seems a rather petty thing to do. And rather stupid too as if he hadn’t stopped to bite their heads, he may have had time to get away with the television etc.

4 comments:

northern monkey said...

how bizarre - you'd have thought the burglar would have been more interested in the loot and getting the hell out of there rather than having some biscuits...biting the heads off tho is just plain stupid...

I read recently about a burglar who took the time to write his name on the wall of the place while in there - unsurprisingly that's how the police caught him - so maybe this is the nature of burglars nowadays...

cogidubnus said...

Then of course there was the famous case of the burglar who took time out to bite into a lump of cheese...his later conviction was secured partially on matching the evidence of his bitemarks, which had some kind of distinguishing feature, (I believe it was a distinctive overbite).

SandDancer said...

Yes, I remember hearing about both of those cases. Sadly, I don't think this person left enough evidence to be tracked down - maybe gingerbread is too crumbly, compared with cheese.

M said...

My husband's brother's family was burglarized a while back. While they slept upstairs, the burglar prowled around downstairs. In addition to robbing the place, he got into the fridge and made himself a meal. Apparently, you can work up quite an appetite breaking into someone else's home. :)