Forgetfulness landed a burglar behind bars, police say.
After Wayne Wade, 46, broke into a Hollywood home, he left his cellphone on the victim’s bed, they say.
When Wade called to retrieve it, a police officer on scene heard it ringing and answered. Wade told the cop his name and said he needed his phone back, according to a police report a judge read from in court.
Fingerprint evidence from the phone has tied Wade to five other burglaries, Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley said.
At a court hearing Thursday, Wade told the judge the phone had been stolen.
But the victim whose home was burglarized about 8 a.m. Wednesday told police she saw Wade leaving her apartment. When she confronted him, he fled in a pickup, Hurley said.
A bathroom window had been broken and a flatscreen TV and coffee table, valued at about $550, had been stolen, Hurley said.
It wasn’t long before Wade realized he’d lost his cellphone, Hurley said.
“So, the allegation is you burglarized the home, you left your cellphone, you realized you left your cellphone and then called back, and the police answered the phone and you told them what your name was over the cellphone,” Hurley said. “I’m just trying to absorb that.”
“Because it was stolen, sir,” Wade explained.
Hurley set Wade’s bond at $100,000 for the burglary and grand theft charges associated with Wednesday’s burglary. He is being held in the Broward Main Jail.
Charges have not yet been filed on the five other cases.
Wade’s rap sheet shows a slew of Florida arrests dating back to 1992 for passing off bad checks, DUI, domestic battery and other charges.
He was released from a Florida state prison in November 2009 after serving a three-year sentence for grand theft and depositing checks with the intent to defraud, records show.