One of two siblings, Robert Larrivee, gave an incest alibi after officers caught them allegedly trying to steal a TV set from a bar. A witness said Robert and Amanda entered the bar's restroom and started "ripping the television off the wall."
The Daily Mail reports that to avoid a charge of larceny after they were caught, Robert Larrivee, 38, of West Springfield, MA allegedly said that he and his sister were not stealing televisions sets from the restrooms at Samuel's Sports Bar in Springfield, but having sex.
The Hartford Courant reports that a customer at the restaurant heard the two ripping two television sets off the wall of the restroom. The woman slipped out of the restroom and told the manager who called the police.
Police sergeant John Delaney told The Republican: "The witness quickly told the manager what happened and the manager and another employee locked the door to the ladies room so the pair could not escape and police were called to the scene."
The Republican reports that Sgt. John Delaney, executive aide to Commissioner William J. Fitchet, said police arrived at the scene at 9 p.m.
The Republican reports that when police officers arrived, Robert said he and his sister were only having sex, and not stealing TV sets. It is not clear whether his sister Amanda, 30, consented to Robert's story at that moment.
At first, the police did not know that the two were siblings. However, after officers questioned them further, they learned that they were brother and sister.
When officers investigated the scene and found that there had been an attempt to remove forcefully a TV set from the restroom wall, they charged the two with larceny.
MSN Now reports that the charges against Amanda were later dropped. She denied her brother's story that they were having sex in the restroom, saying that his story humiliated her.
MSN Now comments that Robert probably did not know that incest is a crime in Massachusetts punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
He was also charged with threatening to commit a crime because he allegedly tried to beat up an officer at the station.