Fort Lauderdale pants burglar

Have you ever heard of the Fort Lauderdale pants burglar? I have to admit that when I did, I assumed that he stole, well, pants. Evidently not. He started his career of crime in 1941 and his modus operandi was to access beach hotels and motels by cutting through screen doors and stealing money from the pockets of pants he found in the bedroom.

In 1951, it was reported that one week’s haul netted him $2727. A handy calculator I found on the internet says “In 2011, the relative value of $2,747.00 from 1951 ranges from $19,800.00 to $122,000.00.” Wow.

Now actually, the story has another bizarre streak because his mode of transport when on his stealing sprees was a collapsible kayak. (Whatever a collapsible kayak might be). When he was arrested, he explained its presence by saying that he liked to do a bit of fishing.

It was later discovered that the pants burglar was a businessman for Miami called Alvin Davis. In 1954 he was sentenced to fifteen years in jail. Moves were made to deport him to his native Canada on the grounds of moral turpitude. He told police that he was the son of a Mountie and had been brought to America as a baby. He said that he had no idea whether he was an American citizen.

Posted by Las Olas Boulevard in : History News,

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