17-year sentence for stamp burglary deemed excessive
Burglary is an impulse some men can’t tame. One of the keys to satisfying the urge and while maintaining a reasonable degree of freedom is to hit places that might result in a softer penalty if the cops show up.
Dwight Laughlin spent 17 years in prison after he was caught burglarizing a post office in Neosho, Missouri. When police arrived, they found Laughlin, various tools of the trade (crowbar, pipe wrench) and an open safe. A repeat offender, he received a 40-year prison sentence.