Two teens broke into a police chief’s house this week in what may be the dumbest of dumb criminal moments.
The break-in took place in Sugar Land, Texas. Police received a call to respond to a residential burglar alarm in the 2000 block of Holly Glade Lane. Officers arrived to find the back door of the home forced open, and several boards missing from a fence that backs up to a greenbelt, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Though the burglars were gone, neighbors had noticed two men climbing over a fence near the house and relayed a description to police.
Another neighbor called police to report two suspicious men sitting in a vehicle, and police soon apprehended the two — Conner Hinton and Taylor Nuttal, both 17.
The pair may have been a little dumb with picking a house to burglarize in a populated neighborhood in the middle of the day, but the real topper was the house they picked. The teens broke into the home of the local police chief, Doug Brinkley.
The chief seemed to take the incident in stride.
“Unfortunately my house was broken into last Friday,” he said. “Anybody can be a victim of a crime – even the police chief.”
He also said the teens probably didn’t break into the police chief’s home on purpose.
“I’m pretty confident it was a crime of opportunity. They had no idea I was the chief of police,” Brinkley told KPRC Houston.
Oddly enough, Sugar Land had just been named one of America’s 20 safest cities in a list published by GQ press.
Brinkley said a strong police presence and community awareness helps keep the crime rate down. It also helps that teens break into the police chief’s home and get themselves caught, too.