Burglar falls asleep on the job

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PURCELL, Okla. -- Steven Walker lives alone and rarely has company. So, imagine his surprise when he discovered a stranger, inside this Purcell home.

Walker told us, "I guess he was looking for something valuable. I just don't have anything. Once he pilfered through everything, I think he gave up and took a nap."

Several neighbors reported a strange man, peering into car windows and looking on porches. It wasn't until around noon Saturday, that police found their mystery man.

Walker had just returned from a doctor's appointment. When he couldn't wake the burglar, asleep on his sofa, he quietly went back outside and called 911.

"They shook him and he said ...ohhhhhhh! Then they took him out there. They said he's gong to jail," Walker said.

Christopher Pace has a lengthy criminal record. In fact, police say he was arrested in 2001, for burglarizing another home and dozing off.

"The same thing. We get a call someone in the house. The victim is upstairs and heard the noise. We found him again, looking like he was asleep," Purcell detective Scott Stephens said.

Authorities say Pace will likely receive another lengthy sentence, for burglary and parole violations.

Yes, sleeping on the job can get you in trouble, especially if you're a criminal.


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