Meet Dwayne Yeager
Mr. Yeager woke up Monday morning decided he needed a day off work. While some people will simply call the boss and fake an illness, Dwayne was going to be more convincing.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a home on Bridlewood Way Monday at 7:25 a.m. after Yeager called to report that he came home and found his house had been broken into.
“My door’s open, my windows to my son’s bedroom are wide open,” Yeager said in his call to the HCSO non-emergency line. “My TV’s in there on the ground.”
When a dispatcher asked if he saw anything suspicious or he had seen a vehicle driving away, he said, “On the corner, right when I pulled up, a white, kind of little Honda Civic pulling away. White, it had kind of like a black fender.”
Deputies said they noticed his front door was open and that the interior of the house appeared to be ransacked. They also saw the front bedroom window and blinds were open. However, they said they did not discover any signs of forced entry.
Deputies spoke to neighbors and learned that Yeager was seen leaving the house at 6:30 a.m., then returning home at 7:15 a.m. Deputies said Yeager was then seen walking in the front door, lifting the blinds and opening the front bedroom window.
Yeager then came back outside of his home, deputies said. He was seen standing in the front yard until deputies arrived. Deputies said the witness said there was no vehicle at Yeager’s house prior to his arrival or when Yeager returned home.
When Yeager was confronted with the discrepancies, deputies said he admitted to staging the home burglary to avoid having to go to work.
“He stated his wife was adamant that he go to work and he didn’t want to,” the report read.
Deputies said Yeager also told them he didn’t think he could go to jail for doing this. Yeager was arrested and taken to the Orient Road Jail without further incident.
Neighbors said they aren’t happy about the incident, as it meant they were woken up by deputies and K-9s early Monday morning.
“He asked me about the robbery,” said neighbor Doris Morell, who said a deputy knocked at her door and then left with a warning. “And he said make sure you check your windows, make sure your kids are safe and I was like, oh my gosh, you know.”
Morell said she can’t understand her neighbor’s actions.
“That’s just absolutely ridiculous,” Morell said. “I mean, who would do that? That’s just absurd.”
No one came to the door at Yeager’s home on Tuesday.
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