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F Minus: Breaking and Entering

When I first started practicing law, I worked against a prosecutor from Watonwan County, Robert DeHenzel. Bob once had a Burglary problem. He had charged someone for burglary, but he could show nothing was missing, save and except one thing: the defendant had used the restroom while he was in the home. As such, toilet paper was missing.

To constitute a burglary, back in the old days, you had to go in with the intent to commit a crime. His crime: conspiracy to commit theft of toilet paper.

It is my recollection that the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld this conviction. 

Thank you "F Minus" for a great insight.

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