Ice Cream Cone Leaves Alleged Burglar in Sticky Situation

By Matthew Foster

Jul 16, 2014 2:37pm

Deep into the humid months of summer comes a sticky situation for an alleged thief who wanted to cool down before he took off with his loot.

Richard M. Walls, 47, allegedly stole a number of items from an apartment complex late Monday night, including a flat-screen television and cable box, police in Lewes, Delaware, said in a news release.

According to police, the Rehoboth Beach man triggered an alarm breaking in to an apartment, and when responding officers arrived on the scene, they spotted him in a parking lot behind the apartment complex as he entered a black Pontiac Sunfire, which appears to have contained some cold, hard incriminating evidence.

But instead of the electronics in the passenger seat doing him in, police said, it was a frozen vanilla fudge ice cream cone located in the center console that made them think twice about letting Walls take off.

“After talking with the victim of one of the break-ins, confirmed it (drumstick) had been stolen from the freezer of his home along with the TV and cable box,” Delaware State Police said on their Facebook page.

Delaware state police Cpl. Gary Fournier told ABC News today, “He stated he got it [the ice cream] from a local convenience store, but we found that to be untrue because the empty box was actually left inside the victim’s freezer.”

Walls was booked on multiple burglary charges and is still in custody at Sussex Correctional Institute in Southern Delaware, according to online records. It’s unclear whether the suspect has entered a plea.

Walls’ mug shot is also of note, given his sideways glance that led one online commenter to say, “He looks like he’s watching someone eat his icecream [sic] cone!”

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                     (Photo Credit: Delaware State Police)

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