Paging John Lott

CNN: A man who broke into a house in Portland, Oregon, called police — afraid the homeowner may have a gun.

The suspect, Timothy James Chapek, was in the bathroom taking a shower when the homeowner returned to the house Monday night…[He]┬álocked himself in the bathroom and made an emergency call, police said. He said he had broken into the house, the owner had come home, and that he was concerned the owner might have a gun.

Why he was taking a shower I do not know.

Hat tip: Radley Balko.


He's homeless, has spent the winter in several layers of clothes, and the weather is getting warmer. He broke into the home for the purpose of taking a shower.

I can understand the shower, but why does he have a cell phone?

If the homeowner didn't have a gun, he does now.

The homeowner had two large dogs, so he probably didn't need a gun.

Even if the Pergressives got their wish to eradicate guns from everyone outside the military, wouldn't the man still have to call the police concerned the homeowner had knives?

A shocking number of house-breakers seem to do more than get in and steal stuff fast. Goldilocks is a far more realistic character than people realize. Now as to why either Goldilocks or her imitators behave as they do...


The burglar recognized that the burglary represented a substantial sunk cost and that at the point the homeowner arrived, his best option was to lock himself in the bathroom and call the police. Seeking to maximize any possible utility, he looked around and realized the shower was still available for the brief free time he had left.

You'd be surprised how many burglars makes sandwiches, use the bathroom, etc.

Could it have actually been John Lott (or Mary Rosh) trying to generate some data?

He wanted to make a clean getaway.

He probably decided to take a shower so he could make a clean getaway.

Even if all guns where illegal, wouldn't he still need to call the police in case the homeowner had a gun? Given how effective drug prohibition has turned out, we would expect gun ownership to radically increase after a firearm ban.

Timothy James Chapek, was in the bathroom taking a shower when the homeowner returned to the house Monday night

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