Honest ‘Burglars’ Paid for Goods in New Jersey Store (+Video)

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 29, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Honest “burglars” who paid for goods in a New Jersey store turned out to be four high school football players. The store was supposed to be closed but had a broken lock.

The “honest burglars,” as they have come to be known, walked inside and thought the store was open because some lights were on.

They looked for a sales clerk but didn’t see any. They grabbed what they needed and quickly figured out how much it would cost. And they put cash on the counter and left quickly, because they didn’t want to be late for football practice. 

Jelani Bruce, Kell’E Gallimoreid, Anthony Biondi, and Thomas James of William Patterson High School in Wayne, New Jersey have pleased family and coaches with their conduct, and the feel-good story has gone viral with the surveillance video showing their actions.

It turned what was a heart-wrenching alert to the store’s owners–who thought a big burglary must have happened–into smiles and an invitation to the students to return to the store and pick out things for free. 

“This was my store and I was thrilled that these guys were honest!” They came in today and we will be giving them something to say ‘Thank You’ From Buddy’s Small Lots,” said Marci Lederman, commenting on a local broadcaster’s story about the situation.

Gallimore told NJ.com that he was “excited” by the attention, but said, “I didn’t think it would be a big deal,” he said. “Just a $4 wire and a $1 pack of batteries.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.