Car Burglar Caught With 'How-To' Guide

Sunday, Dec 6, 2009  |  Updated 12:15 PM CDT
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It's hard to take notes when you're handcuffed.

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If you want to do something right, it always helps to have notes. But if that something is breaking into cars, mental notes may be a better idea than actually writing down your plan.

A man who was caught breaking into a Jeep Cherokee learned that lesson the hard way early Friday morning.

Derrick Barringer, 29, was charged with one count of felony burglary, according to Lincoln District police Sgt. Patrick Barker.

At 3:30 a.m. in the 5100 block of North Oakley Avenue, Barker and another officer on routine patrol saw Barringer burglarizing the Jeep.

The man took off running, bur Barker gave chase and caught him. Barringer was allegedly trying to steal a pair of gloves and what looked like a business folder or clipboard, according to the sergeant.

As police searched him, they found a "notebook or how-to guide on how to break into cars," Barker said, adding that it appeared Barringer had written it himself.

Some of the tips he had written included, “Keep looking around for five seconds. Run through gangways. Be carfule [sic]. If you hear squealing brakes it may be a cop coming, so look behind you." according to Barker.

Maybe taking time to read his own instructions after he heard the squad car's tires is what led to his downfall.

Barringer has a history of breaking into minivans and other Jeeps, especially ones that have their doors unlocked. Friday’s incident was the third time in about three weeks he’d been caught doing the same thing, Barker said.

Barringer is being held on $125,000 bond.

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