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December 29, 2018

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Closeout ClearA Maine man is accused of being a real-life Goldilocks: making himself at home after stealing two cars and getting a ride home by an unsuspecting residence.

Authorities in York County say Derek Tarbox, 35, stole two cars before breaking into a residence in Waterboro on Sunday. One car ran out of gas in Hollis and then he allegedly stole another car and drove to Waterboro, where he crashed that one, York County deputies said.

Without a ride, he went into someone's house.

"It appeared that Tarbox had eaten some food, taken a shower and dressed himself in the caller's clothing he found in the residence," York County Sheriff William L. King, Jr. said. "The intruder told the caller that he had made a mistake and thought the house belonged to a friend who had left the front door opened for him."

The owner agreed reluctantly to drive him to his home.

"The caller thought the scenario was unusual, but plausible, so he agreed to drive the man to a house in Hollis," King said. "When he returned home and inspected his house further to found his back door had been forced open, food missing from his refrigerator and other signs of the house being ransacked."

York County sheriff's deputies and the Maine State Police found Tarbox at his home.

"When deputies and troopers went to that location, Tarbox fled and was quickly apprehended without incident," said King, adding Tarbox was still wearing the tenant's clothing.

Tarbox has been charged with burglary, two counts of unauthorized use of property, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to report a crash by quickest means, theft by deception and theft by unauthorized taking.


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Lewis, I hope you had a good Christmas with family and friends. Thanks for another year of Bizarre News - it's funny, silly, full of facepalms and headdesks and makes some of the folks I know look like geniuses in comparison. Wishing a great holiday season and a new year full of love, health, prosperity and fun for you and yours. Best, Diane
[Thank you, Diane. I appreciate all of my Bizarre readers.]

It's nice to see burglars getting into the season with holiday appropriate disguises. You'd think you would see more of that on Halloween. I mean, what better time to get away with wearing a mask? But apparently Christmas is the big season. Just wait until Easter when people start knocking over liquor stores in bunny costumes.