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Burglar Gets Drunk, Then Stuck Inside Home

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware say a man broke into a house, got drunk and couldn’t make his way back outside — so he called 911 for help.

New Castle County police say John Finch, 44, was trapped in the home in part because he’d broken into it before, back in April. That led the homeowner to change the locks so that a key was required — even inside.

Police say the home was unoccupied when Finch broke in again, through a rear window. He stayed inside for a few days, during which time he drank three bottles of gin and two bottles of whiskey. When he tried to leave, he was too drunk to climb back out of the window and called 911. He was taken into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon.

Finch had not been arrested for the previous burglary but was charged in a warrant. He now faces charges in both break-ins.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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