I know the last four letter word you want to hear is SNOW. But everyone needs to know the Snow Shovel Bandit has been sentenced to 6 years in prison!!
This guy generally broke into homes without home security alarms occupied by single women.
For a small time crook, this guy had a pretty solid and innovative business plan. The 51 year old basically undercut all the 9-12 year olds in the neighborhood that generally shovel snow for all the local single ladies.
He would approach the home owners and under charge them to shovel driveways and then ask for a few more bucks for spreading rocksalt. His scheme was to gain their trust while he was casing their homes.
So basically these women were paying this guy to shovel snow and case, and then burglarize their homes.
Sometimes moments after they left he’d kick in a door and rob the place, other times he’d do it at night when they were home!
Police checked with the local pawn shops for items that were stolen and were able to track him down.
This is a guy with a long criminal record with extensive burglary convictions. Obviously if he keeps getting caught he’s not that good at it. But achieving “Snow Shovel Bandit” status is quite an accomplishment. Take THAT Billy The Kid!
So I guess Rule #1 is if the person knocking on your door to shovel your driveway was born before 1990, I’d be suspicious. Accuse me of profiling; I’m just making a point.
Further, don’t open the door to strangers! Especially 51 year olds with shovels!
Install a home security system and keep it armed around the clock.