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Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
People v. Staples
Citation:6 Cal.App.3d 61, 85 Cal.Rptr. 589 (1970)
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While his wife was away, the defendant rented out an office over the mezzanine of a bank, under an assumed name. The defendant was aware of the layout of the building, specifically of the relation of the office to the bank vault. He paid rent for a month.
The defendant drilled two groups of holes into the floor of the office above the mezzanine room, in an attempt to reach the vault. He stopped before the holes went through the floor, and came back to the office several times thinking that he might slowly drill down, covering the holes with a rug. However, the landlord saw the holes and notified the police.
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