Having your home broken into is a frightening experience. And sometimes, it can end up being frightening and strange. Because while most burglars just want to nab your valuables then skedaddle without being caught, others might display far more mind-boggling behaviors. Whether you need a kick in the pants to go get a home security system or just want a laugh, check out these bizarre break-ins to get a load of burglars’ odder impulses.
1. Pizza, anyone?
Imagine arriving home to a pizza baking in your oven. Yum, right? Well, not if the pizza baker was an intruder, wearing your slippers, making dinner for his two kids (also present!).
According to Oklahoma News Channel 4, in July 2013 a man named Montego Logan slipped into a home in Oklahoma City along with his daughters, then actually welcomed home the place’s real resident, who freaked out (as expected) and called the cops. It wasn’t until they arrived and questioned him about his so-called “home” that he became violent and was arrested. Sadly, we’ll bet the homeowner will never look at pizza the same way ever again.
2. Cold (or hot) feet
In 2014, homeowners in Allentown, PA, were thrilled when they sold their home for $403,000 to John Pfeiffer Jr. But according to Philadelphia magazine, during the home sellers’ last night sleeping in the house, mere hours before closing, they caught Pfeiffer breaking into the home he’d own later that day. Um, why?
After police found two cans of charcoal lighter fluid, hickory chips, and latex gloves in Pfeiffer’s car nearby, they suspected he might have been planning to burn down the house because he didn’t have the money he needed to close the deal. So was this his weird way of saying he wanted to back out? According to court documents, Pfeiffer was charged with burglary and criminal mischief.
3. God’s work?
When you’ve known someone for 10 years, you wouldn’t think that individual would rob your home. Especially on Christmas eve. Especially not your pastor.
In 2010, neighbors called the cops after watching a woman break into the home next door; police arrived to find her carrying fur coats into her Jaguar.
According to the Dallas Morning News, this fur thief told the cops that she was merely protecting the valuables by moving them to a safer location. However, when homeowner Serita Agnew arrived home and heard what had happened, she didn’t buy it. She identified the intruder as Sandy McGriff, a 52-year-old pastor of a nearby church where she was once a member. And it turns out this woman of the cloth had a rap sheet stretching back to her youth. We highly doubt God would approve.
4. A Facebook obsession gone wrong
Apparently the threat of going to prison isn’t enough to keep some people off their Facebook accounts. Here’s proof: In 2014, Nick Wig allegedly broke into a house in Minneapolis and stole some cash, a checkbook, credit cards, and a watch, according to ABC News. He could have had a clean getaway, and yet, unable to resist the siren call of a laptop nearby, he logged in to his Facebook account … then left it open for the homeowner, James Wood, to peruse once he returned.
Wood, discovering his valuables gone, called the police and studied Wig’s Facebook page carefully. He then kept his eyes peeled while driving around town—and, as luck would have it, spotted Wig later that day walking around, wearing his stolen watch. Wig was charged with burglary, but we’re not sure if this cured him of his Facebook obsession.
5. Make yourself at home!
Ever drive by a beautiful house and think, “Wow, I wish that were my home”? Well, in September 2015, Christopher Hiscock had such a thought while cruising by a ranch in Kamloops, British Columbia. Then he decided to pull into the driveway, walk right in (the door was open), and make himself comfortable.
From there, Hiscock, 33, immediately started straightening up the place. According to CBC News Nova Scotia, he did the owners’ laundry, fed their cats and horses, then showered and shaved. He even wrote in the real homeowners’ diary: “Day one. Today was my first full day at the ranch … So much I can do here I have to remind myself to just relax and take my time.”
Oddly, Hiscock’s diary entry betrays a vague awareness that this home was not his: “I saw a picture in the basement on the wall of a man holding and weighing fish on a boat. Looking at him, I realized we look a lot alike but I think I’m more handsome. :)’”
The real homeowners found him sipping coffee and watching TV, a frozen steak thawing on their kitchen counter. The police were called, and Hiscock was arrested. Hiscock, who was later released on probation, told authorities that he had no home and might just go live in the woods.
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