A man told police he stole a gaming system as a joke, but who gets the last laugh will depend on the Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney's office.
At about 6:11 p.m. Thursday, a Lebanon Police officer was dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Monroe Avenue where a burglary had taken place. The officer spoke with a 38-year-old man who said that someone had broken into his residence and stolen his X-Box 360 and five games, valued at $448. The man reported that he spoke to two neighbors who said they saw a 30-year-old Lebanon man enter the residence through the front door with a screw driver, then leave a few moments later. The resident told the officer that the front door had been unlocked and there was no damage.
He also told the officer where the suspect lives, according to the LPD report.
The officer spoke to the neighbors, who said the incident occurred in the afternoon, and the man they saw did not have anything in his hands, according to the report.
Two officers went to the suspect's home on Taylor Avenue and spoke to a woman who said that he was not home. When the officer told the woman that the suspect allegedly stole an X-Box and he needed it back, the woman said the suspect didn't take the X-Box belonging to the man. She gave the officers permission to enter the house and look around, the report states.
An officer located the suspect, who denied taking the X-Box. He was taken into custody and placed in a patrol car. As the officer began to drive to the Police Department, the man asked, "What if I can get the X-Box back?" The officer told him that things would be better for him if he did, but it would be up to the victim if any charges are filed. The man the told the officer that the X-Box was at his residence, according to the report.
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