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Deputies: Burglary suspect left blood evidence at Walmart

Posted June 7, 2011

— Deputies arrested a Durham man Friday after they say he broke into a Hillsborough home and stole a 5-gallon water bottle filled with more than $600 worth of coins.

Lucas Elijah Stauffer-Weller, 32, of 6309 Garrett Road, was charged with second-degree burglary and damage to property. 

Police said that Stauffer-Weller cut himself on the arms when he broke into a house on Pleasant Green Road. He tried to steal the bottle, which the homeowner was using for his vacation savings, but when he discovered that it was too heavy to carry, he called a taxi, investigators said.

The taxi driver took him to Walmart to use the coin-counting machine. He left with $665, investigators said, but left the bottle, which had blood on it, at the store.

Investigators used the blood evidence to identify Stauffer-Weller.

He was being held in the Orange County jail Tuesday on a $22,000 bond.


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  • ImtheBadGuy Jun 8, 2011

    This man should be studied thoroughly by scientists! Maybe they can isolate whatever ailment he obviously suffers from. Either that or he's been huffing gas.

    I noticed how he's looking up. He's probably hearing the voice that told him to do this.

  • TomLynda Jun 8, 2011

    Dumb and dumber, and as a previous poster said, "Here's Your Sign".

  • TeresaBee Jun 8, 2011

    I hope the homeowner got his money back at least.

  • happy2.0 Jun 8, 2011

    Talk about a negative investment...took $665 and now has a bond of $22,000. Not really worth it, was it?

  • LuvLivingInCary Jun 8, 2011

    we need more dumb theifs..

  • Bartmeister Jun 8, 2011

    This is so wierd on so many levels. Stole a 5 gallon bottle full of coins. What, 150 lbs. or better? Cuts himself, calls a taxi. Goes to Walmart. Left DNA at the scene and Walmart. Must have had a previous criminal record to tie him to the blood evidence. Wow.........

  • grandmadof8 Jun 8, 2011

    Here's your sign!!