Laurie Eddings, 50, and her 31-year-old son, Christopher Warren, were arrested and charged by police with breaking and entering.
What sets this case apart from your typical B&E is that the alleged criminals had just been given a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving by their chosen victims.
The Daily Mail reports that Crystal Strain and her family were “close” with the mother and son. Crystal, in particular — the victim’s daughter — had “spent the night” with Laurie Eddings and her son from time to time.
But the friendship came to an abrupt halt after Crystal walked in on Eddings and Warren prying in to the family safe using tools they’d also stolen from the Strains. Inside the safe were approximately $9,000 in cash, jewelry, antique coins, and electronics, the website reports.
The Connecticut-based mother and son attempted the robbery on Thanksgiving night.
“It was just hours after the Strain family had given Laurie Eddings … and her son … a Thanksgiving dinner,” writes the Mail’s Charlene Adams.
“I just dropped off a plate. I was like, ‘How could you?'” Strain said in comments to NBC. “I couldn’t believe it, as much as we’ve done for them and helped them out.”
Eddings “tried to block” Strain from the apartment, court documents revealed, adding that when the victim realized what was going on, “she ran across the street to her parents’ home and called her mother.”
Eddings and Warren apparently were able to break in using a key that they’d stolen. They unlocked the door while the family was out celebrating the holiday and managed to escape with the safe in tow.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Christopher, Strain’s father. “I mean, you know, you’re helping them out, bringing them to the store, back and forth, doctor’s visits and stuff, and then to turn around and, you know, find your stuff in their house.”
The official charges for Laurie Eddings and her son are third-degree burglary and larceny along with conspiracy to commit both crimes. Warren was additionally charged with third-degree criminal mischief on account of him being on probation at the time of the incident.
The story was also backed up by reports from NBC and a local affiliate.
While this isn’t the worst Thanksgiving crime I’ve heard about, it is unsettling how some of the people closest to you can also be hiding a dark side.
What do you think should happen to Laurie Eddings and her son, readers?
[Images via The Daily Mail, linked above]