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5 Most Shocking Home Invasions

August 29th, 2012

Crime happens and sometimes things get weird. Due to the involvement of drugs and alcohol, home invasions have a special tendency to go freaky. This isn’t a list of horrifying home invasions but of strange incidents that require closer attention. The entries on this list are shocking because they’re simply too weird to be believed…

7-Year Old Suspected of Burglary

It’s common for people to hear a news story about crime and wonder what the world is coming to. This is definitely one of those stories. Earlier this month, three boys stunned the Philadelphia area when they committed a heinous robbery against an elderly disabled woman. Authorities were particularly disturbed by the ages of the suspects, whose names have been withheld because they are still minors. The suspects hit the victim in the face with a rock and beat her with sticks, a rope, and a potted plant. Police were able to identify the suspects as 12, 10, and 7 year-olds from the local community. While two of the suspects will be charged with crimes, Pennsylvania state law says a 7-year old cannot be legally held responsible for their actions.

Robbed with a Toilet Lid and a Guitar

Most home invasions aren’t thought out. Clearly this was the case in Las Vegas when Ronald Hetzel broke into his neighbor’s home. Rather than take valuables, Hetzel decided to attack his neighbor with a wooden guitar and a toilet seat lid. Police were eventually able to take Hetzel into custody with help from a police dog. The victim only suffered cuts and bruises and was quickly released from the hospital. No telling whether the victim has developed phobias to stringed instruments or toilet seats.

Burglar is Home for the Holidays

Some people like to live alone. Others, despite their best attempts at privacy, won’t get the chance. New York resident Joyce King thought she was living alone when she left her Brooklyn apartment to visit family between Christmas and New Year’s. After returning, she discovered a burglar had broken into her home and stayed for the holidays.

For the most part, the burglar left the house undisturbed but he clearly ate some of King’s food. Neighbors reported hearing noises from what they believed to be an XBOX. However, they assumed it was King and that nothing was wrong. Police eventually apprehended a suspect they believed once lived in the building. He’s being charged with burglary, trespassing, and unrelated drug charges.

The Naked Home Invader

A lot of professions require uniforms. While burglars don’t have an official uniform, per se, there are a few items you’d expect them to wear… like clothes.

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But 25-year old burglar Benjamin Prue isn’t your typical burglar. When he decided to rob a home in Connecticut earlier this year, he decided to do things a bit differently and go without clothes. Maybe Prue was hoping any witnesses would be too distracted to make a positive ID. Maybe it had something to do with the crack cocaine and pipe police eventually found in Prue’s car. Either way, nude burglary isn’t a good idea. Especially in this instance when the frightened homeowner shot Prue in the chest as he was stealing a TV. In any case, the “Barely There Bandit” (we at the Security Blanket are exceedingly proud of that double entendre) recovered from his wounds and is awaiting trial.

Oregon Police Dog Chases and Bites the Wrong Suspect

Cops make mistakes. Their job is stressful and things happen. When deputized our four-legged friends do make a mistake, it seems the fault usually lies with their handlers. Tim Crossan of Eugene, Oregon found this out the hard way when an intruder broke into his house. Unfortunately, responding police mistook Crossan for the burglar and turned a police dog on him, allowing the real criminal to get away. Crossan had bite marks on his left calf, thigh, and left buttock. He was kept for overnight observation in an area hospital before being released. The most frustrating part of the experience, according to Crossan? Police never apologized for their mistake.


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