Brandon, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) — A Brandon man was arrested after local deputies say he staged a fake burglary at his own home in order to avoid going to work.
Dwayne Yeager, 31, is facing charges of providing false information to local police after he called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to report that his home had been broken into and appeared to be ransacked, deputies told Bay News 9. He claimed he spotted a vehicle driving away from his residence as he returned, and police arrived to the home on Bridlewood Way at 7:25 a.m. Monday.
“My door’s open, my windows to my son’s bedroom are wide open,” Yeager said in his call to the HCSO non-emergency line, Bay News 9 reports. “My TV’s in there on the ground.”
He told the dispatcher that he had seen a “kind of little Honda Civic pulling away” as he arrived.
Deputies say they arrived to find the front door open, along with the window and blinds of the front bedroom window. The interior appeared to have been ransacked, but deputies did not find any signs of forced entry into the residence.
After speaking with neighbors, deputies were informed that Yeager was seen leaving the home at 6:30 a.m. and returning to the residence at 7:15 a.m. A neighborhood source said Yeager was seen walking in the front door, lifting blinds, and also opening the front bedroom window. The source said Yeager then was seen standing in the front yard waiting until deputies arrived.
The witness said there was no vehicle at his house prior to his arrival, or when Yeager returned to the residence.
Deputies confronted Yeager, who then admitted he staged the burglary to avoid having to go to work.
“He stated his wife was adamant that he go to work and he didn’t want to,” the report read, Bay News 9 reports.
Yeager reportedly told deputies that he didn’t think he could go to jail for reporting the staged crime, but Yeager was arrested and taken to the Orient Road Jail.
Neighbors were not impressed by the charade.
“He asked me about the robbery,” neighbor Doris Morell told Bay News 9, who said a deputy knocked at her door and then left with a warning. “And he said make sure you check your windows, make sure your kids are safe and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’”
“That’s just absolutely ridiculous,” Morell said. “I mean, who would do that? That’s just absurd.”