Cheese burglar: Man charged with breaking in, stealing cheese


A Forest Lake man faces three felony charges after allegedly breaking into the home of his ex-wife and stealing cheese from her refrigerator.

WCCO reports that Leonard Houle, 56, was arrested in the early morning hours of March 28. According to the criminal complaint, Houle broke into the Lino Lakes home through a back door and headed to the refrigerator. The daughter of his ex-wife found Houle and pushed him out of the house, and the occupants called police.

Lino Lakes police responded and found Houle hiding in a neighbor's garage, holding a block of Kraft cheese, the complaint says.

The report says Houle had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol, City Pages reports.

"Yeah, he stole cheese. Broke in, stole cheese, went to somebody else's house and hid and we arrested him. The usual," Lino Lakes Police Captain Kelly McCarthy said, according to City Pages. As for motive, apparently he was hungry, the chief added.

Houle admitted to officers that he had been drinking and driving and was given a breathalyzer test, which showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11. The legal limit is 0.08.

Houle was charged with first-degree burglary, and was also charged with two DWI counts, according to WCCO.

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