E-Mail Trips Up 'Goldilocks Burglar'

Man who broke into homes in Wisconsin cooked meals, took showers, and checked E-mail. But he didn't bother to log off.

W. David Gardner, Contributor

February 16, 2006

1 Min Read

The "Goldilocks burglar" who broke into homes in rural Wisconsin got his name from an ancient fairy tale, but it was modern high technology that tripped him up.

Washington County law enforcement authorities reported Thursday that the burglar, wanted for five burglaries, has been arrested.

Once inside a home, the "Goldilocks burglar" nonchalantly cooked meals, tried on clothing, and took showers. But he made one fatal mistake: He logged onto his Yahoo email account to check his messages. Then, he didn't bother to log off.

The incidents began when the charged man, 24-year-old Michael Shaun Weymier, escaped from the Drug Abuse corrections Center in Oshkosh on Jan. 30. Shortly thereafter law authorities began receiving reports of a string of burglaries, marked initially by the theft of food and clothes.

They also noted that the burglar liked to check his e-mail in the homes he entered.

"He never logged out," said Lori Menzel of Kewaskum, according to a report in the Capital Times in Madison. "He made himself at home here. He spent some time in our bedroom trying on my husband's clothes. I could tell he went through some of my clothes."

Weymier was apprehended by law enforcement officers in Washington County earlier this month after a foot race.

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