Erie thieves caught 'sock-handed'

Published: 03rd September 2010

Erie thieves caught 'sock-handed'
A pair of daft burglars caused quite a scene in Pennsylvania this week when their attempts to rob someone's home were thwarted.

The pair was caught sock handed, having put the legwear over their hands in an attempt to prevent fingerprints from being left behind in the property.

Fortunately for the homeowner, the hapless pair of burglars had failed to realise that the man who lived in the house had only popped out for a short dental appointment, reports the Erie Times.

Police arrived promptly after the man called 911, having noticed that his gate and window screen had been left open.

The pair was subsequently caught, following an unsuccessful fleeing attempt and were arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking, burglary, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct.

Last month, Walletpop.com's Diane Wedner suggested some other unusual, yet lawful, uses for socks and stockings.

Some of the more strange, if practical, hints were using old stockings as an onion caddy, or a makeshift vacuum.

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