An elderly man in Albuquerque, New Mexico, may have experienced one of the strangest home invasions of all time last month when he found an unknown individual in his home during the early hours of the morning. According to KRQE-ABQ, a local news affiliate, 94 year old Glen Miller awoke at roughly 2:15 in the morning as a man walked into his bedroom wielding a gun nonchalantly. While nobody was hurt, the robbery – which involves a shower, remarkably good manners and a daring escape leading to an arrest.

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The manners make the…thief?

After the burglar, now identified as Rudolph Chavez, entered Miller’s bedroom and woke him in the dead of night, he proceeded to behave as one might expect, at least at first. According to KRQE, Chavez made his first priority finding Miller’s wallet, which he did. Chavez apparently emptied the wallet, throwing several credit cards onto the floor and taking $200 of Miller’s.

Miller recounts, though, that when he went to pick up the credit cards later on, Chavez was the image of courtesy, offering to pick them up for him instead. Oddly, enough Chavez continued this pattern of behavior, acting as though he didn’t want to disturb Miller any more than necessary. According to Miller, this odd, out-of-place courtesy even extended into the way in which Chavez spoke to Miller during their interaction, which went on for nearly two hours.

“We did a lot of talking. He was using a lot of bad language and I said, ‘you shouldn’t be doing that,’ and he said, ‘oh, I’m sorry,’ and he didn’t do it anymore,” Miller explained to KRQE.

Trying for a ‘clean’ escape

Chavez’s odd behavior went well beyond his congenial manner. According to the Utica Observer Dispatch, Chavez moved from Miller’s bedroom into his bathroom to take a shower during the course of the robbery. All the while, he continued to speak to Miller from the shower, ensuring that Miller wasn’t going to run from the bedroom. Miller recounts the experience as one of uncertainty.

“He would stick his head out every 15 seconds or so to make sure that I was still there,” Miller said to KRQE. “He kept telling me, ‘do what I want and I won’t hurt you.’ Well, I didn’t know whether to believe that or not.”

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After showering and shaving in Miller’s bathroom, Chavez proceeded to dress in Miller’s clothing and load Miller’s car up with his television, other valuables, the stolen cash and household maintenance items such as laundry detergent and light bulbs. All the while, apparently, Chavez explained to Miller that he was doing this because he couldn’t get work, as he’d recently been released from prison. Ultimately. Miller was able to close Chavez in the garage when he went to leave with his car. Chavez escaped by opening the door and fleeing on foot, but the fingerprints he left on the door matched those from his prison records, allowing authorities to apprehend him.

The bottom line

While a crime of this sort is comical in nature, it presents a valuable lesson regarding home security, particularly for those of us living with or checking up on our elderly loved ones. Equipping their homes with emergency panic buttons in each room can give them the option to silently call for help if it’s ever needed.