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Snoring Burglar Leads Police To Hiding Spot

August 17, 2011

Israel Cortes was allegedly asleep and snoring when police found him at the scene of a burglary.

They say if you snooze, you lose. That expression might be true for an accused sleepy thief.

A burglary suspect blew his cover when he got so comfortable in his hiding spot that he dozed off and began snoring loud enough for police to find him inside a New Jersey restaurant.

Israel Cortes was one of three men arrested for allegedly breaking into a closed South Brunswick, N.J. eatery, but he was the only one who took a nap inside the premises while cops searched for the suspects, Patch reported. A fourth suspect hasn’t been captured, according to The Associated Press.

Police told The Times of Trenton that Cortes, his brother Christian, and Richard Wilson were trying to steal copper pipes whens an officer spotted cars parked behind the building on Sunday night.

The snoring Cortes was the last man apprehended by police. First, they captured Christian Cortes as he ran from the restaurant, according to NBC New York. Cops busted Wilson at a nearby motel an hour later.

When police returned to the restaurant later, they heard a noise coming from the basement. Downstairs, they discovered Cortes noisily napping on top of a refrigerator.

The three men were charged with burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools, according to The Times of Trenton.

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