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Accused burglar caught sleeping "on the job"

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Lynn Burkhalter works on his ranch in Parker County, TX-Photo Courtesy KDFW Lynn Burkhalter works on his ranch in Parker County, TX-Photo Courtesy KDFW

Parker County, TX- Sleeping on the job can be a recipe for disaster. Just ask the man arrested in Texas for a burglary at a ranch.

Lynn Burkhalter says he came home Sunday morning and realized his ranch had been the target of thieves. His workshop had been ransacked and someone made off with his truck.

Then, his son spotted an unfamiliar car parked in the driveway with its motor running and a young man sleeping in the passenger's seat.

Burkhalter says he first grabbed his shotgun then reached in and turned off the ignition. 18-year old Jordan Dorris woke up, face to face with that shotgun.

Putting the pieces together, Burkhalter figured since Dorris was napping on the passenger side, it must have been the driver who took his truck. So, he says he convinced Dorris to call his alleged accomplice. "Luckily the guy answers. He says this guy's not gonna let me leave ‘til you bring his stuff back, " says Burkhalter of what must have been a very uncomfortable conversation.

Sure enough, the other man drove the stolen truck back to the ranch, where police arrested him and Dorris. Burkhalter managed to find some of the items stolen from his workshop on the road to town where they'd tumbled off the truck's trailer. Of the burglary suspects, Burkhalter says, "I wouldn't call ‘em very smart."

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