A Minnesota man who gave neighbors knives for Christmas was charged with burglary after stealing the knives back because he say they didn't appreciate it.
A Burnsville man has been charged with burglary after police say he broke into his neighbor’s home to take back a Christmas gift because “they did not appreciate it.” Burnsville officers were called to a home at 6:22 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. A woman said her neighbor, 54-year-old Alfred Joseph Guercio of Burnsville, forced his way into her home. The woman told police Guercio came to their home around Christmas and gave them a knife set, which they placed on top of their refrigerator. On March 11, she said Guercio rang their doorbell, and he got into an argument with her about the knife set. He said he was upset that she didn’t appreciate the knife set and wanted it back. The woman told Guercio to stay there and that she would get him the knives, but she said Guercio forced his foot in the door and wouldn’t let her shut it. She said Guercio pushed his way into the house and got the knives. Guercio then left in a blue, two-door car. Police say they later spotted his car and stopped him. Guercio told police he gave the knife set to the woman and her husband and was upset that she wasn’t using them “in the way they had agreed for her to use them,” according to the criminal complaint. He said he went inside the house because he felt like she wasn’t going to get the knives. Guercio has been charged with second-degree burglary. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.Ten years? Really?!?