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Stolen blanket leads to burglary suspects

October 4, 2008

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— Police didn't have to look far to find the stolen possessions of a Louisiana family whose house was burglarized while they were away.

Their distinctive blanket, which had a dog pattern, was hanging in their next door neighbors' window, police said. And the rest of their belongings were not far away - police said the alleged burglars were using the blanket to shield themselves from view.

"This is like something out of 'World's Stupidest Criminals,"' St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jack Stephens said. "But we'll take any help we can get in solving a crime."

Troy Clouatre, 35, and his aunt, Lisa J. Smith, 47, were being held Friday in St. Bernard Parish Prison on charges of simple burglary and possession of stolen property valued at more than $5,000.

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