Dumb crook of the day


Police say a Mesa, Ariz., man allegedly carrying burglary tools claimed he broke into a home because he needed to charge his cell phone. Scott Boe, 24, was charged with one count of second-degree burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools.

Boe was apprehended Friday by the homeowner, who also is a detention officer, who noted Boe allegedly admitted he did not have permission to be in the home but said he needed a power outlet to recharge his cell phone.

Boe’s backpack, found in the home, allegedly contained several knives, a large pry bar and other tools routinely used by burglars, police told the Arizona Republic.

I’d be really tempted just to shoot someone I found in my home uninvited. Though – given the vagaries of life under the Patriot Act – I worry about accidentally shooting a government operative.

Instead of a professional crook.

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