Police Officer Responds to Jewelry Store Burglary and Gets Caught on Camera Stealing Watch From the Scene (Video)
A police officer in Pembroke Pines, Florida was arrested after authorities say he stole a watch while responding to a jewelry store burglary on Wednesday morning.
Officer Kevin Burgs was charged with grand theft for stealing a watch worth $795. Burgs, 36, was one of two officers that responded to the call of the early morning burglary, and he himself was caught on surveillance video slipping the watch into his pocket.
The original break-in happened at 4:41 a.m. at Jared the Galleria of Jewelry in Pembroke Pines. Two suspects entered through the roof of the building, smashed display cases, caused $10,000 in damages, and stole about $75,000 worth of jewelry.
While Burgs only stole one thing from the crime scene, many say it discourages them that they are unable to trust police officers.
"That’s really bad, if you can’t trust the police who can you trust?" said concerned resident Flor Morales.
The Pembroke Pines Police Department issued a statement condemning Burgs’ actions.
"Public trust is vital to our partnership with the community,” said the police department in a statement. “It is important to note that we held this officer accountable for his actions and charged him appropriately. We will remain transparent and provide updates as this matter progresses. This one act is not representative of the rest of our police department. We are extremely proud of our employees and thankful for their constant dedication and hard work."
Burgs is a nine-year veteran of the Pembroke Police, and following the theft, he has been placed on paid suspension while the investigation continues.
A Chicago man fatally shot a burglar who was attempting to rob his apartment, and because that man’s Firearm Owner Identification Card (FOID) had expired, he has been charged with misdemeanor possession.
The 44-year-old man was reportedly sleeping when his 18-year-old daughter woke him up because she was frightened by some noises she heard. The man, who was using crutches at the time, got up to check outside but didn’t see anything. He went to the back of the apartment to get his gun, and when he turned around, he saw two burglars charging towards him.
The man fired his gun at the burglars, and they both turned around to head toward the door. One of the shots hit 31-year-old Mario Viramontes, and he collapsed to the ground as his cohort fled the scene.
Police were called to the apartment for the burglary but only discovered the suspect when they arrived. Not long after police got to the scene, Viramontes was pronounced dead.
The 44-year-old man has not been charged for the shooting death of the burglar.
A would-be burglar wasted several minutes while breaking into a Chicago bar because he made the mistake of trying to pull a door open when there was a sign that clearly reads “Push.”
It was all caught on surveillance footage at The Shambles’ winter vestibule, a temporary covering in front of the bar, where he was protected from view. He then removed the bar’s front door lock early Friday morning.
The hooded criminal is seen in the video pulling on the door at approximately 2:08 a.m. and was able to knock a security door brace loose.
Even though the burglar managed to get past the brace, he lacked the sense to try and pull the door open. He eventually gave up and fled.
"It's much funnier on the video, but the still shots show him pulling on the door. He could have pushed it," Joe Lin, the bar's owner, told DNA Info in Chicago.
Lin says the suspect had tools and was prepared, but something simple stopped him.
"I don't know if he realized there was a security stick on there, because yeah, he did get confused, because he's like, 'I dismantled a lock, I should be able to get in. Why is this not working?'" Lin told ABC News Chicago.
"The gall of him breaking in in broad daylight. It's light out, people are jogging by. I want to let other businesses know," Lin added.
The suspect is still at large and police are investigating numerous other attempted break-ins in the area.
A man in West Virginia was able to stop two home invaders by holding one at gunpoint and shooting the other in the stomach.
Terry Robbins got a call from his neighbors early Saturday morning saying that their alarm system had gone off while they were out of town. When Robinson went to the house to investigate, he discovered two men, who happened to be distant relatives, attempting to break into the home.
Robbins said he had brought his gun with him for protection, and when he saw Jimmy Walker and Justin Blair breaking into the home, he used it to stop them in their tracks.
“I told them both, just please get on the ground, I’ve got a gun, I’ll shoot you, don’t try anything just get on the ground until the police get here,” said Robbins.
As Robbins held Walker and Blair at gunpoint to keep them there until the police arrived, Walker decided to attack Robbins. In an act of self-defense, Robbins shot Walker in the stomach.
Police arrived and arrested Blair while Walker was taken to the hospital by ambulance. While sitting in the back of a police car, Blair broke through the back window of the cruiser and was able to escape. Police eventually caught up with him and took him to the hospital to treat injuries that he sustained from the escape attempt. He was released from the hospital and is now in jail. Walker was in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital and is currently recovering from surgery.
Robbins will likely not face any charges because he has a concealed carry permit and acted in self-defense.
After his house was broken into and robbed several times, a Detroit man took action and placed CPR dummies dressed as gang members on his front porch to ward off future intruders.
The unidentified man declined to give his address.
“You got to go around the corner a couple of times to realize that they are dummies,” he said.
The man also installed sensor lots, a security system, double screen doors and bars on every window. He even bought to guard dogs in the hopes that the price of his home owner’s insurance will decrease.
As of recently, the insurance company has raised his payments because his neighborhood is at high risk for robbery and other crimes. According to the FBI, Detroit ranks number seven in the top 10 cities with the most break-ins.
Detroit police have applauded his safety efforts, and often stop to look at the dummies and talk with him.
Though the man knows the dummies can’t physically protect him, he hopes that his home will be better guarded against invasion.
“You may see [intruders] get past them, but once you get past them you got to deal with the problems in the house,” he said. “That's me.”
A man who severely hurt himself breaking into a Utah home asked for assistance from the home’s residents, according to police.
A 20-year-old man, whose name is not yet known, broke a window at a house early Thursday morning, Salt Lake police detective Dennis McGowan told KSL. A piece of glass caused a "large and deep" cut to one of his arms, as he entered through the window.
"The guy just walked through here, walked through the entire living room and the hallway, screaming for help," Pablo Solorio, one of the three adults home at the time, said.
Solorio’s step-father reportedly helped the intruder to the bathroom, while 911 was called.
"The funny thing is, I met the kid the weekend before," Solorio said. "He knew my name. He was like, 'Pablo, help me! Help me! Help me!'"
The Huffington Post reports that Solorio said the intruder had a video game console in his hands but claimed he jumped through the window to get away from people who were chasing him.
The burglar was hospitalized in critical condition and McGowan noted that it was possible an artery was cut.
"These people, they took pity on this person. They saw he was severely injured and they rendered aid," McGowan stated.
It was expected that the burglar would be arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail after being released.
A California woman, who awoke to find a burglar trying to take the watch off of her wrist on Saturday, chased the man from her house after she grabbed an ax.
Robyn Irvine, a former ax-throwing competitor living in Hemet, Calif., woke up when she heard a noise and saw the burglar trying to snatch her watch from her wrist, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Irvine quickly grabbed an ax, scaring the intruder.
“He froze at first. I shocked him with my voice and then he took off. There was no way I could’ve caught him but I could’ve thrown it,” said Irvine, adding that she could have paralyzed the suspect by striking him in the spine.
Fox News reports that police searched the area and found a man hiding behind some nearby bushes, along with property belonging to the woman.
Nicholas Ulloa was arrested on suspicion of burglary. The 22-year-old was still in jail on Monday, and police didn’t know if he had an attorney.
Irvine reportedly does not know the intruder, but said her daughter does. She also reported that two people were in her home going through some items and took some food.
“They had sandwiches, they had soda,” said Irvine, who gives a stern warning to anyone who is thinking about burglarizing her home in the future.
“If you’re in my house, you’re not walking out,” Irvine stated.
One Houston homeowner is counting his lucky stars after stopping a burglar and accidentally shooting his neighbor’s house during a tense home invasion scenario.
According to reports, Guillermo Andrade was attempting to kick down the front door of a house near midnight. The homeowner, whose name has not been released, grabbed his pistol and opened fire on the intruder, striking Andrade three times.
From there, Andrade crawled into the front yard. The homeowner went outside, which led to a brief fight between Andrade and the homeowner. The homeowner essentially had the man dead to rights, but he nobly held Andrade pinned to the ground until the police arrived and rushed him to a hospital.
Harris County assistant chief deputy, Mark Herman, said Andrade was in a non-life-threatening condition. The homeowner did not receive any injuries during the scuffle.
The same cannot be said for a neighbor’s house, however. Nobody was injured in the neighbor’s home, but there was a 14-year-old girl inside at the time and the surprise from the stray bullet caused her to have a medical issue. The teenager was taken to a nearby hospital and was later released.
The homeowner’s actions were both justifiable and worrying. Without doubt, the homeowner was within his right to defend himself from Andrade, who is a convicted burglar. However, it is unfortunate that one of the bullets struck a neighbor’s house. If that teenage girl had been in the right place at the wrong time, this story could have ended in tragedy and a possible involuntary manslaughter conviction for the gun owner.
This story highlights one of the most important rules of gun safety: be sure of your target and what is beyond it. It is admittedly difficult to worry about bullet trajectories when somebody is kicking down your front door, but shooting a gun in the direction of a neighbor’s house — even if there’s a criminal in between the shooter and the neighbor’s house — should be avoided.
But, as they say, all’s well that ends well. The burglar was caught, the homeowner was uninjured and the girl next door came out of the ordeal with no permanent damage.
Although there are often reports of idiotic burglars who fall asleep or do other unbelievable things while attempting to rob a house, this case might just be the stupidest.
Three burglars entered a man's home in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon and quickly locked up the man who lived there. They believed they locked him up in a closet, but the closet was actually home to the man's gun collection.
The man waited for awhile, and then emerged from the closet carrying a gun. He went downstairs to see if the burglars had left, and when he saw one of them, the two began exchanging gunfire.
Though the robber tried shooting the man, the homeowner won the gunfight as he shot the burglar in the shoulder and leg.
Not being a very supportive team, the two other burglars fled the scene in a Chevrolet Tahoe and left their injured accomplice to fend for himself.
The burglar ran out of the house but soon collapsed on the street, crying in pain.
The man, said to be in his 20s, was taken to Ben Taub Hospital for treatment.
Neighbors say burglaries have been on the rise in recent months, the latest being a robbery where thieves kicked down a door.
"What happened today is exactly what guns are supposed to do - to protect your home and defend your life and your family," neighbor Craig Gaddis said.
Authorities said the man who shot the burglar will not face charges.
Texas' self-defense law is based on the "castle doctrine," meaning that the person being attacked does not have a "duty to retreat."
Deadly force is allowed under the law if the person is being attacked or is trying to defend themselves from an armed person who entered their home.