Ore. burglars done in by doughnuts

The Associated Press

ROSEBURG, Ore. — When two guys in cowboy garb offered the sheriff’s deputies doughnuts, and then the deputies investigated a burglary involving doughnuts and the prints of cowboy boots, it didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to crack the case.

“The officers kind of put two and two together,” Deputy District Attorney Dave Hopkins said Tuesday at the sentencing of Adam Hancock, 21, of Baker City on theft and burglary charges.

Sheriff’s deputies reported they found Hancock and his cousin, Vincent Whitely, 19, in Roseburg on Jan. 11, and the pair offered the officers doughnuts, which they declined.

Shortly afterward, the officers investigated a burglary at a store from which cigarettes, candy, chewing gum and the telltale doughnuts were missing. And there were boot prints.

His attorney said Hancock had mental disabilities and was “easily led.” Hancock told the judge he’d been drinking whiskey before the burglary and vowed to make restitution of $895. He got two 10-day jail terms with credit for time served.

Whitley pleaded guilty to the same charges last month and got the same sentence.

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