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In June, an Ohio man named James Blankenship decided to break into his mother's house in broad daylight. (Blankenship and his mother had quarreled earlier that year, and his mother had banned him from her house). Motive unknown...maybe he wanted to burglarize the home....maybe he just missed the comfort of his childhood bed. Either way, the scheme was interrupted when Blankenship's mother noticed that her prodigal son was attempting to come back home.
Interestingly, the accused told officers he didn't think he could be arrested for burglary because it was not nighttime. Perhaps he thought the common law definition of burglary still applied (i.e.,"the breaking and entering of the house of another in the night time, with intent to commit a felony therein"). Unfortunately, that was not the case.
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Dumb Criminal of the Week: The Guy Who Thought You Could Only Be Arrested for Burglary at Night
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