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Cops: Car Crook Collared

The Shorewood police say they nabbed a car thief while he was hiding in a toy house.

Maybe he just got tired of cops-and-crooks and decided to play house instead.

The say officers searching for a car thief found him hiding inside a child's toy house in a back yard on Cambridge Lane.

The alleged car crook, 21-year-old Robert Blessen of 406 Garden Terrace in , was jailed Thursday morning on charges of burglary, possessing a stolen motor vehicle, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, and theft.

Police started the hunt for Blessen when they were called about 4 a.m. to investigate a car stolen off Turtle Street. Mere minutes later, another call came in about a suspicious person walking around a car parked on the southwest end of town.

While searching that area, police said, officers spotted a man walking down the street carrying two sets of tools.

Officers ordered the man to stop, police said, but he dropped the tools and took off running. A short time later, Blessen was found hiding in a child's playhouse and taken into custody.

Officers found property taken out of the car Stolen off Turtle Street, including a lanyard and some small flashlights, stuffed in Blessen's pockets, said Shorewood police Cmdr. Eric Allen. A camera from inside the car was located on the ground nearby where Blessen was apprehended, he said.

"Anything that wasn't tied down, he grabbed," Allen said.

Nobody March 05, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Does he have down syndrome?
Flora Dora March 05, 2012 at 08:42 PM
This scenario reminded me of an episode of Modern Family!
lisa March 06, 2012 at 12:11 AM
What a loser!!!!!
Jina Zelinski March 06, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Wow, and I thought I did some mean and crazy stuff in public!

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