Suspected burglar exhibits surprising lack of financial discipline

TACOMA, Wash. -- Exhibiting the kind of financial responsibility one would expect from a 6-year-old getting his first allowance, a Tacoma burglar was so giddy over his ill-gotten loot he spent it all in one week on dinners, movies and fishing with friends instead of on fixing his car as previously planned, according to charges filed Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, a janitor arrived to work at Paradise Village Bowl at 4 a.m. May 29 only to discover the bowling alley had been burglarized and approximately $2,400 had been taken out of the ATM.

Surveillance video showed a man, later identified by a Paradise Village Bowl employee as 20-year-old James Stroud, using using a card to prevent a fire door from latching properly around 5:30 p.m. May 28, according to the charging documents. The video reportedly shows two men in hoodies entering through the door around 1:40 a.m. the next morning and leaving with the cash box from the ATM.

According to the charging documents, Stroud turned himself in and admitted to the crime. He was arrested Wednesday.

Stroud reportedly told the Pierce County Sheriff's Office he kept $1,300 from the cash box for himself and gave the rest to his accomplice.

According to the charging documents, Stroud spent that money over the next week by treating his friends to dinners, movies and fishing.

Stroud reportedly said he originally planned to use the money to fix his car, but it was like winning the lottery and he just wanted to have fun.