Tennessee (The Gaslamp Post) – Some people never understand the old saying, “quit while you’re ahead” until it’s too late. A burglar in Newport was reminded of exactly that, when he was caught by police, returning to the scene for a second crack at a house he had just robbed.
Cocke County deputies were investigating a burglary at a home whose occupants were away this past Thanksgiving, when they saw something, or someone rather, that got their attention. Officers were responding to a burglary call after the residents had returned, when a van pulled up in the driveway.
The driver obviously having noticed the police, put the van in reverse and backed out. Deputies pursued the van, which at one point had come to a complete stop before again taking off, and attempting to strike a pursuing police cruiser.
Officers eventually caught up with the driver, now identified as Luis Rafael Rodriguez Ortiz, 38. He was reportedly accompanied by a young underage male who was in the front seat. The relationship between Rodriguez-Ortiz has not been established.
After a quick search of his van, authorities located expensive Princess Diana dolls, oil paintings, a bronze statue and other valuables from a home, totaling $30,000. They believe that Rodriguez-Ortiz was returning to steal more art.
“For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.”
The home owners were called to the scene where they identified all of their belongings.
Cocke County deputies charged Rodriguez-Ortiz with aggravated burglary, theft over $1000, and two counts of reckless endangerment, child endangerment, and fleeing to evade by motor vehicle in connection with the pursuit.
Rodriguez-Ortiz has not been reported released yet from jail.
(h/t: AM 1060 WNPC)