Police say a man wearing a gorilla suit broke into a Louisiana home and hid under a mattress before officers arrested him.
News outlets quote Sulphur Police Department spokesman Mel Estes in Thursday reports as saying that officers saw Jeremie Moran walking through yards in the costume.
They had received calls about a suspicious person looking into homes. Estes says Moran ran into a home as officers approached but was discovered hiding.
He was jailed on charges including resisting an officer, unauthorized entry, meth possession and wearing a mask. In Louisiana, a person convicted of wearing a mask in public can be sentenced to three years in prison at most.
Exceptions are allowed for religious purposes or on holidays like Halloween and Mardi Gras. It’s unclear if Moran has a lawyer who could comment.
Earlier, a man who tried to steal a bike from outside a police station in Oregon was arrested after officers spotted the attempted theft on CCTV. The attempted theft took place on the evening of 27 December with the video posted to Facebook by the Gladstone Police Department.
The footage went viral with more than 170,000 views. The man, named as Adam Valle, was using bolt-croppers to try and break the bike's lock when an officer identified as Sargeant Okerman came out of the police station pointed a Taser at him to detain him. Other officers subsequently arrived to help arrest the man, who had been wearing a hat and a hoodie to try and conceal his identity.
"We've covered stories of inept would-be bike thieves regularly over the years, but we reckon this one could be a late contender for the A late entry for the 2018 Stupidest Bike Thief Award", the police had said.
(With inputs on AP)