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Videotape leads to thong burglar

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 27, 2006 at 7:30 am with No Comments »
September 27, 2006 7:30 am

We’re suckers for those off-the-wall crime stories. Here’s one out of Kentucky that’s on the Associated Press wire this morning.

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. (AP) — A northern Kentucky man wearing only a thong and carrying a knife videotaped himself attempting a burglary, then left the tape behind, police said.

The evidence led to his arrest, Fort Mitchell Police Chief Steve Hensley said.

Rodney McMillen, 36, of Covington was charged over the weekend with first-degree burglary.

"This is a very, very bizarre case, to say the least," Hensley said.

McMillen allegedly broke into a woman’s apartment about 3 a.m. on Sept. 20, clad in only thong underwear and carrying a knife, Hensley said. The woman fended off the attacker, who left the apartment and fled into a stand of trees near the apartment complex.

Investigators found a video camera the burglar left in the apartment, Hensley said. The end of the videotape featured images of McMillen’s family.

Investigators were able to identify some of them and tracked down McMillen at his mother’s house in Norwood, Ohio, Hensley said.

McMillen was being held in a Cincinnati jail on $50,000 bond, awaiting extradition to Kentucky.

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