GREAT FALLS, Montana — With friends like this, who needs enemies.
A Montana man duped his pals into burglarizing a home by asking them to help him move out, police said.
Patrick Joseph Adams Jr., 36, had asked one friend to rent a U-Haul truck and another to help load about $40,000 worth of stuff out of the home in July, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
But one friend grew suspicious when he noticed military medals on the wall and couldn’t remember his buddy ever mentioning having served in the armed forces. He also wondered why
Adams’ girlfriend didn’t seem to know her way around the house. He then left.
Later that day, when the homeowner returned and found his house ransacked, he called police. Neighbors told cops about seeing a U-Haul parked in front of the house, which led detectives to the man who rented the truck. Identified in court documents simply as RP, the man said he owed Adams a favor, so agreed to rent the truck as Adams didn’t have a driver’s license.
Adams was charged with burglary and criminal mischief and faces up to 30-years in prison. Bail was set at $50,000. Adams had been convicted in 2016 of carrying a concealed weapon and in 2010 of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. He was also convicted of forgery in a separate case that year.