The burglar might have considered this charming
integrated hat and facial hair combo as a disguise.
A couple in Salt Lake City had a stash of money - $23,000 - in their home. At some point they noticed that almost $7,000 to $8,000 had been stolen from their box. Where had it gone? They wisely put most of the remaining money in the bank, left a small amount of money as bait and set up a surveillance camera to watch the box.
When more money went missing, they checked their secret video, which showed a mustached man in a big suit with a beanie cap pulled low over his face.
But the man looked familiar. And it wasn't a man at all. It was their neighbor, Manar Ahmad, a woman who they'd previously given their key so she could house-sit for them.
When the police were called and the victims relayed their suspicions, Ms. Ahmad told the police: Sure, it's okay if the police searched her home. Inside, the officers found a suit, a beanie hat and a fake mustache that matched the ones in the video. And the victim's house key.
The lessons of this story?
For the victims:
- Don't keep lots of easy-to-find cash in your house.
For the crook, I've got even more:
- If you've committed a crime, don't let the cops search your home without a warrant.
- If the cops want to search your home, you're probably a suspect, so you should get rid of any evidence.
- If you're going to invest in a disguise, find one that actually disguises you.
- Finally, if you're going to steal, you might not want to steal from the neighbors who've given you a key to their home.
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