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Man who burglarized wrong home gets caught while returning stolen computer

By Mason White 4:35 PM December 7, 2014

By: Chan Yuan
A man in the United Kingdom, successfully burglarized a home, but he was caught while returning a computer to the crime scene.

The thief who raided the wrong house, was arrested when he went back to the victim’s home to return the stolen laptop.

41-year-old Gareth James was looking to take revenge on someone who owed him $600 for a construction job, when he entered the property in Brecon, Wales.

James took a laptop from the home, but was stunned when he turned on the device. He realized that it actually belonged to someone else.

When he realized that he burglarized the wrong home, James decided to return the stolen computer to its rightful owner.

The laptop belonged to 23-year-old Benjamin Price, a student, and when he entered his home to return the computer, the student called police.

James said that he did not plan to keep the computer of the person who owed him money. He just wanted to hold it until the debt was cleared.

James pleaded guilty to burglary at the Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court. A judge gave him a four month suspended jail sentence.