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.