Darryl Kennedy developed a reputation as a notorious cat burglar both in the U.K. and around the world, and even headed up a professional burglary gang.
"If someone's breaking into your house, you're more than welcome to shoot them in Santa Rosa County. We prefer that you do, actually," Sheriff Johnson said.
Members of the United States Secret Service uniformed division shot and killed the man who had broken into the residence.
"You can't set up a terrifying prank and get mad when someone is terrified," said one commenter.
The two men reportedly made off with $7,500 after cracking the grandparents' safe and pilfering the children's piggy banks.
"The effect that this nightmare has had on my family is already heart-breakingly evident," Cavendish tweeted.
Police are worried that community members might mistake the prank for a home invasion and "cause harm and fatalities."
The suspect has been identified as Marion Albritten Jr. thanks to tips from members of the community on social media.
The suspects did not ransack the residence and went straight to where valuables were kept, authorities said.
The driver was 12-years-old and the passengers were no older than 15, and were stopped when officers successfully deployed spike strips to stop the vehicle.
The massive bear broke into the home in the early hours of the morning, before helping himself to snacks in the pantry.
Several people spotted a disturbing detail to the man's behavior which may have hinted at his true motives.
The King County Sheriff's Office described how the suspect "made himself at home" after climbing through a first floor window in Covington.
Blake Davis and Hannah Quinn were the targets of a 2018 home invasion that resulted in the murder of the burglar. While Quinn escaped jail time, Davis wasn't so lucky.
The intruders—armed with a knife, a club and three dogs—broke down the house's door. Inside was a mother and her two young sons.
The 22-year-old intruder, from Jonesville, seemed to be drunk. She told police it she thought it was her own home.
Herbert Parrish, 82, and his wife, 79-year-old Lois, fought off Harold Runnels Jr., 61, who later died from his injuries.
A 23-year-old Australian man allegedly bit off part of an older man's finger and punched a woman in the face during a fracas.
David Johnson threw his toys at armed raiders who barged their way into his family's house in South Bend.
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"The word of caution here is don't invite strangers to your home. We understand that people are quarantined, they may be lonely. These are dangerous situations," said police spokesperson Tania Rues.
Pop Smoke was killed in a Hollywood Hills home on Wednesday after two intruders entered the house after a party.
A Florida man was reportedly woken up by a home invader who was on a mission to "suck toes" on Christmas Eve, according to a police report.
"Elisa and I were watching a movie, it was about 12:30 after midnight, we heard a noise downstairs. We both were alarmed, we paused the movie and I had Elisa go to a safe place," the homeowner Thomas Milam wrote.
Police said a masked man entered a residence in Lauderhill, Florida, and exchanged fire with the homeowner.
The six-point buck crashed into Griff Henderson's home in Edmond, Oklahoma, through a storm door and wreaked havoc.
Harford County police have arrested 19-year-old Nathan Newell on burglary and assault charges stemming from a home invasion in which they say he attacked a man who made a large cash withdrawal at the bank where he worked.
"She recruited new members, researched potential victims, and directed the robbery crews to the specific home addresses of these targeting victims of Asian or Indian ancestry," according to the indictment.
A Florida man drove from Florida to Virginia to kill his estranged wife, but his stepdaughter shot him, leaving him paralyzed.