Entries in Break-In (3)


Bear Cub Finds Arizona Home Just Right

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SONOITA, Ariz.) -- A bear cub with a sweet tooth ravaged an Arizona kitchen.

The 30-pound cub broke in through the kitchen window of a home in Sonoita, Ariz., Thursday, and helped itself to a chocolate cake on the counter as well as jelly beans, chips and bread in the pantry.

The raid made the home’s owner, Phil Volk, think it was the work of his grandchildren, possibly up for a very early morning snack. When he went to check, instead of finding grandkids smeared in chocolate, he saw the bear, and the damage it had wrought.

“It pulled the lid off a chocolate cake on the counter and finished that off. It tipped the trash and went through the contents of that,” Volk told the Arizona Daily Star.  “It [the kitchen] was total disarray. He ate very well.”

Volk and his wife called 911 and the Arizona Game and Fish Department sent an officer to their home.  By the time the officer arrived, the bear, who did not attack any humans during his food attack, had made its way into a bedroom.

The wildlife official tranquilized the bear and removed it from the home, a department spokeswoman told the Daily Star.

Instead of returning the bear to the wild, however, wildlife officials sent it to the Heritage Park Zoo in Prescott, Ariz., nearly 260 miles away.

Officials told the Daily Star the bear had likely been abandoned by its mother and was too young to return to the wild.


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Masked Boy Killed by Dad Had Knife, Police Say

A Fairfield Connecticut father, Jeffrey Guiliano accidentally shot and killed his son, Tyler Guiliano, by mistaking him for a burglar, Sept. 27, 2012. ABC News(NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn.) -- A Connecticut teacher shot a masked and knife-wielding person during a late-night confronation outside his sister's home when she believed she was being robbed. But Jeffrey Giuliano, 44, didn't realize that he had gunned down and killed his teenage son until the boy was identified by authorities.

Police responding to a possible burglary attempt pulled up to a house in New Fairfield at 1 a.m. Thursday to find the local 5th grade teacher, dressed in a T-shirt and shorts, sitting on the lawn outside his sister's home (the two lived next door). Dead in the driveway was his 15-year-old son, Tyler.

Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said that Tyler was found with obvious gunshot wounds and was holding a weapon. Police later specified that the "weapon in possession of the deceased at the time of this incident was determined by troopers to be a knife."

"We received a call reporting possible burglary and shots fired," Vance told ABC News. "He was shot multiple times, but we still don't know the number of times or the location."

Emergency Medical Service responders said that Tyler, who the Fairfield News Times reported was Giuliano's adopted son, was dead when they arrived on the scene.

Jeffrey Giuliano armed himself with a handgun and headed next door after he received a call from his sister, Alexis Scocozza, who suspected a break-in was taking place at her home.

Once he left his house, Giuliano immediately saw a masked person dressed all in black clothing and wearing a ski-mask and holding a "shiny object," according to the police report.

Giuliano, who teaches at the Meeting House Hill School in New Fairfield, told police that the masked stranger came at him with the object still in his hand and in a threatening manner. Giuliano said he believed that the stranger was armed, and during the confrontation that quickly followed discharged his handgun.

Vance told ABC News that the medical examiner would perform an autopsy Friday.

"We're working out the timeline with the evidence and interviewing the witnesses and will figure out the timeline," Vance said. "We're going to examine everything and try to understand exactly how and why this occurred."

No charges have been filed against Giuliano. Calls made to his home by ABC News were not immediately returned.

Superintendent of New Fairfield schools Alicia Roy sent an email out to parents Thursday afternoon regarding the shooting.

"Our district has experienced a tragedy that has affected us deeply," she wrote, according to the News-Times. Roy said that the shooting was not discussed with students because "the facts were not clear."

Classmates of Tyler's took to Twitter to express their shock and grief at losing someone they've known for most of their lives.

"Never going to forget that laugh he had," Nick Cesarski wrote. "Weird to think a kid I knew since kindergarten is gone. He always was a good kid. R.I.P Tyler."

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Calif. Teen Accused of Stealing Lamborghini Target of Juvenile Hall Break-In

ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Authorities believe a break-in attempt at a California detention center Friday was an attempt to free an 18-year-old who was being held on numerous charges.

Authorities believe suspects were trying to break Max Wade out of the Marin County Juvenile Hall. He is being held for an attempted murder charge, stealing Food Network chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini and a variety of other charges. Wade turned 18 Friday and was scheduled to be sent to the Marin County Jail Friday.

Staff for the juvenile hall heard thumping outside the facility around 4:35 a.m. Friday. The suspect, or suspects, used a sledgehammer to try and break-in but they were unsuccessful, Mike Daly, the chief probation officer, told ABC News. The suspects were trying to enter Wade room at the juvenile detention facility.

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Investigators are currently reviewing surveillance footage and conducting interviews to find possible suspects, who used also used wire cutters to break through two fences on the property.

Wade was transferred to the Marin County Jail as planned.

The juvenile hall houses inmates under 18 who face a variety of potential charges, including being members of a gang. When staff heard thumping, they removed all of the inmates staying in that wing, including Wade. All were accounted for and there were no injuries or escapes.

Officers from the Marin County Sheriff's Department, with the help of three other departments and the California Highway Patrol, launched a two-hour search for the suspects. But after two hours, it was called off.

Although the facility did have a successful break-out in 1999, Daly said, but they have never had a successful break-in before.

"There are only 13 kids in our little juvenile hall, so this is highly unusual," Daly said.

Wade entered a not-guilty plea on June 20 for stealing chef Fieri's Lamborghini and for shooting at a young couple in their car, ABC affiliate KGO reported. Wade will remain in custody in the Marin County Jail with bail set at $2 million.

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