Suspected burglar tried to escape after stealing from house in a stolen row boat, officers took help from Kayaks to catch him

A man tried to row a stolen boat away from a house he broke into Leicester, but police caught him before he could run away.

It was around 10 a.m. on Thursday morning when a concerned citizen spotted a man climbing a ladder up to Green Street home’s 2nd floor, Leicester police said.

Police sent multiple units to check the house.

They were inspecting when an officer saw a suspect run out a back door with a backpack on his back, Police Chief James Hurley reported.


Police called for help from Oxford police and one of them saw the man rowing the boat across the pond, Hurley said.

“We had the only option left to commandeer two kayaks and they were there with the paddles and life jackets.” which made easy for us.

Police finally caught the suspect and with the help of kayaks identified where the boat was taken.

The suspect was identified as Thomas P. Millot,33, who lived in Tatman Street in Worcester.

The culprit has been charged with breaking and entering the house in the daytime; carrying burglarious instrument; carrying a dangerous weapon and for resisting arrest.

Millot was having a criminal record. According to Westborough Police, Millot was arrested on Aug 29 at a drug treatment facility for slashing an employee with a box cutter after being approach as he attempted to shoplift a baby formula on July 31.

In the starting of this year, he was charged with using a vehicle having no authority to drive and even without a license, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette records.

Hurley told that it was department’s second marine rescue case in a row.

A suspect did evade Leicester police also in a rowboat, escaping after when he got across Waite Pond, on November 2015.

Someone Changed the Hollywood Sign to Say “Hollyweed”—Again

Back in 1979, on the New Year’s Eve someone had changed the iconic Hollywood sign and the incident became a tradition. A prankster repeated it for real when the world was stepping into 2017 and the “Hollywood” read “Hollyweed” once again. CBS Los Angeles’s cameras captured an image of the new sign Sunday morning at around 8 a.m. PST, and the photo quickly went viral.

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While the incident is being investigated as misdemeanor trespassing, the guards did not see any suspects around the sign. The iconic sign has been fixed for now and the police say the vandal took help of tarps to change the sign’s O’s into E’s. Though security cameras captured a man changing the words at around 2 am, the man could not be identified from the footage.

Someone changed the Hollywood to Hollyweed
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The man who did it back in 1979 was Danny Finegood who was an artist and got popular for altering numerous other famous sign. He also changed the sign to “Ollywood” in 1987. Many reports suggest that was vandalized in other years in a similar fashion.Finegoodcreated the first “Hollyweed” as a class project where he was an art major at Cal State Northridge. He made a scale model,made  alist of friends who could help him out, and tipped off the media so that his handiwork could be seen around the world.

It is believed that this time the change was done to celebrate the legalization of marijuana which can be bought from shops without using a medical card. The incident has however made the authorities alert as they express their concern for safety.

“We will be deploying additional technology to tighten up surveillance and thus deter unwanted visitors in the future,” chairman Chris Baumgart told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “This is more than preventing pranks or trespassing at the sign. Our concern is the safety of the neighborhood and the trespassers that put themselves at risk because it is extremely unsafe to be on the sign, let alone traversing the treacherous hillside that is home to those 9 famous letters.”