Serial robber caught by police due to distinctive SpongeBob pants

Police searching the apartment of a robber joked that their suspect did not live "in a pineapple under the sea" after his SpongeBob SquarePants obsession led to his arrest.

As multiple burglaries were being carried out in the same apartment complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, since July, officers received a tip-off that the thief had been spotted during a few of the robberies wearing SpongeBob-themed shorts and socks.

When the suspect – Edward Price – went on to post the stolen goods on Facebook Marketplace, eagle-eyed members of the force then caught sight of the same SpongeBob items of clothing in the background of the picture.

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After subsequently securing a warrant to search their suspect's apartment, the cops knew they had their man when they found the shorts and socks in his tumble dryer, although the multiple TVs, mobile phones, iPads, tablets, guns, ammunition and internet routers discovered were admittedly probably more incriminating.

Price, also nicknamed "Smacc Man" by locals, is accused of being responsible for the five robberies that happened in the same apartment block over a three-month period, as detailed by the Tulsa Police Department in a Facebook post.

All of the burglaries followed a similar pattern with Price kicking down doors to break in and enter before helping himself to guns, televisions and all manner of electronic goods.

Many of the items found in Price's apartment have now been returned to their owners with the Tulsa PD showing their sense of humour in a Facebook statement with a post that read: "FYI, the suspect’s apartment was not located in a pineapple under the sea."

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But Price is unlikely to be laughing having been arrested for second-degree burglary after a felony conviction, knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

TV channel FOX 23 also revealed: "Price has been arrested for several burglaries in the past, but most of those charges were dismissed because of a witness failing to appear."

Police are also looking for another man who they believe acted as Price's accomplice during the crimes.


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