Drunk Burglar Gets Stuck Inside House, Calls 911 for Help

By Jason Beahm on January 07, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Here's something to add to your list of things not to do. Break into a house, get drunk, get locked inside and call 911 for help.

That's just what 44-year-old John Finch did, according to New Castle County police. But just how drunk do you have to be to get stuck inside a house? Naturally, there is more to the story.

John Finch, also known as the "drunk burglar," had broken into the 81-year-old victim's home before in April, prompting the homeowner to install locks that required a key, even from the inside, according to New Castle County police. This time, no one was home when Finch allegedly broke in through a rear window. He decided to stay for several days, drank three bottles of gin and two bottles of whiskey.

Finch became so intoxicated that he was unable to climb back out of the window. So he called 911 and asked for some help. Police arrived and arrested him, the Associated Press reports.

Burglary is the unlawful entry into nearly any structure with the intent to commit a crime inside. Physical breaking and entering is not required. Burglary can occur when a person simply walks through an open door, if they are intering with the intention to commit a crime. Unlike robbery, which involves use of force or fear to obtain another person's property, there is usually no victim present or a weapon used in the course of a burglary.

The drunk burglar is now facing two counts of burglary in the second degree and two counts of felony theft from the break ins, the Associated Press reports. It is unknown whether he has retained an attorney.

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