Neighbors heard the sound of breaking glass coming from the Willits, California Masonic lodge in the early hours of last Monday morning, it was reported.
Police arrived, and believing a prowler to still be inside the building, shouted out a warning that they were about to turn loose a police dog inside the building.
Micheal Jay Overholt, 25, of Willits, stepped out of a closet and surrendered without incident.
He was arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon, vandalism, possession of stolen property and burglary in the second degree. According to police, Overholt had several items from within the building and a pair of illegal double-edged fixed blade knives about 6-1/2 inches long in his possession when taken into custody.
No one has ever accused criminals of necessarily being smart, but this one strikes me as especially stupid.
There he is, caught like a rabbit, but given the opportunity to walk out on his own. Seems to me he would have hidden the knives and dropped the loot. Quite possibly, without those things "in his possession" when he surrendered, he might possibly have only been charged with vandalism, breaking and entering, and perhaps burglary, depending on how the law in that state is written.
A smarter crook would have ditched the pillowcase-full of Masonic Treasure and the matching carving knives, wouldn't you think? I wonder what kind of cool Masonic things he was stealing? What's in a Masonic lodge building worth taking?
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