Imagine coming home from vacation and finding your house has been robbed. You walk down the road to your neighbor — who happens to be wearing your favorite t-shirt — and you ask if he saw anything. That's when you realize he's having a yard sale — with all your stolen property! That's exactly what happened to a woman in Severn, Maryland.
The theft victim called police and told them that she recognized her Oriental rug, and a dresser — not to mention the t-shirt the man wearing selling her possessions.
Police responded soon after and arrested the man at the scene. The neighbor, 46 year-old David Perticone, was charged with three counts of burglary and felony theft. Police say this was no petty crime. "It was estimated the property stolen was around $25,000. Items as large as kitchen appliances and televisions," Justin Mulcahy, spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, told reporters. Perticone said in an interview that he wasn't thinking clearly because he had been taking drugs daily with a friend until recently, when he quit. He was convicted of drug possession in June, according to court records reviewed by the station.