Dumb Crook of the Day

An alleged Center City thief who police said posed as a fire inspector to burglarize the Academy of Music, Independence Visitor Center, and the Art Institute of Philadelphia showed promise as a white-collar criminal.

That career, however, was cut short by a rookie mistake: signing his real name to a visitor log, police said.

Christopher Kieter, 26, of the 200 block of South 13th Street, is charged with impersonating a public official, criminal trespass, theft, and related offenses.

Police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little said that detectives use all resources available to investigate crimes, but that finding a name at the crime scene was “definitely a great resource.”

No one ever said it takes a lot of smarts to decide to be a thief.

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