Tired French burglar falls asleep during break-in

Joshua Melvin
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Tired French burglar falls asleep during break-in
A sleeping French burglar woke up to the police. Photo: Quinn.anya/Flickr

A suspected burglar took a nap while robbing a house in France this week and when he woke up the police were waiting for him. It’s just the latest case of criminals choosing an inopportune time to nod off.


A man arrested for burglary this week in Bordeaux in western France told police he had no trouble getting into the house, though it seems the effort still left him a bit tired.

The suspect, unnamed in French media reports, scaled the home with a ladder and then slipped inside with little fuss. As the house was undergoing some renovations no one was home and he set about taking what he wanted, French paper Sud Ouest reported.

But the homeless suspect decided to take a little break before going on his way. His short rest turned into a nap and by the time the suspect woke up early the next morning the police were there to arrest him.

Sleepy crooks are nothing new of course, but sometimes they can do some pretty horrible things before they pass out. Such was the case when two men used tear gas spray to force their way into the home of a man in southwestern France in October 2013.

The crooks had come to collect some money they believed the man owed them, but they had been drinking and were feeling peckish so they ordered the victim to make them something to eat before leaving, French paper Charente Libre reported. The assailants beat him repeatedly until he complied.

But food put the two boozed up men to sleep and when they woke up the police were waiting for them.


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