Florida man stages break-in of own house after wife tells him to go back to work

By Scott Kaufman
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 10:51 EDT
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A Florida man whose wife insisted he leave the house and go to work was arrested yesterday after he staged a break-in in order to stay home.

According to police in Brandon, Florida, surveillance video shows Yeager and his wife leaving their house at approximately 6:30 a.m. It then shows Yeager returning to the home at approximately 7:15 a.m., walking in through the front door, then lifting the blinds and opening the front bedroom window.

He then exited the house and called police. According to the 911 call, Yeager said that he returned home and found “my door’s wide open, my windows to my son’s bedroom are wide open. My TV’s in there on the ground.”

When the dispatcher asked if there was anything missing, he said, “I called y’all right away. All I see is the front-door wide open. Called my wife and I asked her, ‘We did go out the front door, right?’ She said ‘yes.’”

He also claimed that when he pulled up, he saw “a white kind of little Honda Civic pulling away.” No such car is seen on the surveillance video. When deputies confronted him with this evidence, Yeager confessed that he had staged the break-in because his wife had made him go to work that morning.

He allegedly told the deputies that he didn’t know that staging a crime was a criminal act, but they arrested him on one count of giving false information to a law enforcement officer anyway.

Watch a report on the incident from KSDK below.

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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