January 21, 1995 in Nation/World

Booby-Trapped Vcr Finds Wrong Victim

Compiled From Wire Services

Michael Gillespie was so tired of being burglarized that he booby-trapped his videocassette recorder with explosives to catch the next thief, police say.

The VCR was stolen all right, but didn’t explode until the thieves took it to a pawn shop and the shop owner plugged it in as a test.

Kathleen Acord was treated at a hospital for arm injuries after Wednesday’s blast. Two men who allegedly broke into Gillespie’s house were arrested.

Gillespie, 36, was charged with making or having something designed to cause fire or other damage. He was released on personal recognizance.

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