The things that work in the movies, don’t always – or almost never – result in the same outcome in real life. Just ask a would-be thief in Oregon who tried to pull a Home Alone 2 ploy to rob a local department store.
Prosecutors in Portland say the 39-year-old man attempted to hide inside a Macy’s store until after closing when he planned to make off with an assortment of goods, NBC4 reports.
A similar stunt was employed in Home Alone 2, when one of the titular “wet bandits” hid inside a toy store and waited for closing to steal cash from a charity drive.
According to authorities, the wannabe burglar hid under the skirt of a Macy’s display table on the evening of Jan. 26. Around 11 p.m., after the store had closed, he set off a motion detector on the sales floor.
When security guards responded, they spotted the intruder running through the store, pulling a rolling suitcase behind him. Authorities later found $40,000 worth of merchandise inside.
According to an affidavit, the man admitted “he had secreted himself in the Macy’s at closing time and then had proceeded to steal the merchandise recovered from the suitcase.”
He told officers that he planned to sell the merchandise to buy drugs and go on a trip.
The man was charged with one count each of second-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated theft.