A case in Ravenna Township, Ohio, last week offers a word to the wise for prospective burglars. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before breaking and entering.
Dustin Sellers Applegate, 31, broke into a house on Jean Drive in the township while its owner was at work. Applegate rummaged around the house stuffing whatever items appealed to him into his backpack and then, apparently, was overcome by a wave of fatigue.
The burglar spotted the homeowner’s bed and he just could not resist. He lay down on the bed and slipped off into dreamland. But he took precautions. He grabbed the houseowner's shotgun and lay it on the bed beside him while he dozed off.
He had also apparently been rifling through the man’s closets because when he put his head on the pillow, he was dressed in his would-be victim’s clothes.
The owner of the house, whose name was not released, came home from work at about 4 p.m. to find Applegate (pictured) asleep in his bed. The burglar, whose last recorded address is also in Ravenna Township, reached for the shotgun but in his groggy frame of mind was unable to grab it before the homeowner got to it.
The homeowner detained Applegate and called the police.
Applegate was charged with aggravated burglary and sent to Portage Jail to await arraignment.
SOURCES: Channel 19 Action News, WKYC Channel 3