A Maine resident received a surprise Christmas visitor. And no, they didn’t come in through the chimney. According to News Center Maine, a man named Derek Tarbox was sitting on the couch wearing the homeowner’s clothes. Additionally, he had used the shower and eaten a meal in the house he had broken into.
Tarbox tried to convince the homeowner that he entered the wrong home and thought it was his friend’s house. He asked for a ride to another house, and the homeowner obliged.
York County Sheriff Bill King stated to the Portland Press-Herald…
“The (resident) thought the scenario was unusual, but plausible, so he agreed to drive the man to a house in Hollis. He said he wanted to get the man out of his house, so he agreed to drive him ‘home.'”
However, once the homeowner got back to his own house, he noticed that his back door had been forced open. A cursory search realized that some of his possessions had been stolen, and parts of the house had been ransacked.
Soon, Maine State Police coordinated with local police and it was revealed that Tarbox had stolen a vehicle. When he ran out of gas, he stole another vehicle which he crashed in the woods. One of Tarbox’s relatives gave the police a tip, and he was arrested without incident.
According to Huffington Post…
“Tarbox was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday for multiples charges including burglary, two counts of unauthorized use of property, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and theft by unauthorized taking.”
Tarbox isn’t the only one who has pulled a Goldilocks after breaking into someone’s home.
‘Goldilocks Burglar’ broke into home near Sullivan. Grabbed food: milk, cookies & beans. Took shower & stayed in 10 more min. after homeowner ordered him out. Victim punched burglar & held him at gun point till officers arrived & arrested him. @KMOV pic.twitter.com/yxTDDTVkgo
— Russell Kinsaul (@russellkinsaul) October 16, 2018
23 y/o James Martin aka the #GoldilocksBurglar is charged w/1st degree burglary. He was arrested at a house near Sullivan after the homeowner says he woke up & found Martin had eaten his food & was taking a shower in his bathroom. @KMOV pic.twitter.com/b0kEK9uF0C
— Russell Kinsaul (@russellkinsaul) October 17, 2018
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) October 14, 2014
— Ryan Elijah (@ryanelijah) May 24, 2017
A TEEN dubbed the "Goldilocks burglar" was only after a bed, food and phone charger when he broke into a Donvale home, police say. No bail. pic.twitter.com/LS0H5jmic1
— Shannon Deery (@s_deery) January 5, 2017
A shocked couple returned home to find a "Goldilocks" burglar snoozing in their bed – having done the washing up: http://t.co/dDFcEeiVWU
— The Sun (@TheSun) October 13, 2014
And many argued that the fictional character of Goldilocks was a burglar too.
Goldilocks was a burglar and should be in bear jail.
— Abe “Bastard Keith” Goldfarb (@AbeGoldfarb) March 8, 2015
Goldilocks is best known in my house as "that floozy burglar"
— moist robot (@Spivonomist) November 20, 2016
Turns out other people’s houses are just right.