'Goldilocks' burglar makes himself home at residence
UPI News Service, 12/27/2018
A 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.
The scenario has similarities to the 1800s fairy tail, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, in which a young girl enters the home of Papa bear, Mama bear and Baby bear. They come home and are horrified someone has been eating their porridge, sitting in their chairs and sleeping in their beds. The girls wakes up and runs into the forrest in fear of the bears.
In the 2018 version, authorities in York County say Derek Tarbox, 35, stole two cars before breaking into a residence in Waterboro on Sunday, according to a report by the Journal Tribune.
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 goes 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 to the Journal Tribune. "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."
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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.
During an arraignment Wednesday, a judge ruled that he should be transferred to a mental health facility pending his next court date in March.
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