Modern-day Goldilocks busted due to snooze after break-in

An apparently sleep-deprived crook could have used a cup of coffee before ransacking an East Palo Alto home this year, prosecutors said.

Michael Taylor, 51, was sentenced to 10 months in jail Tuesday after he was found sound asleep in the bed of a home he had apparently been burglarizing in March, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

It was Sunday morning when a pet sitter went into the home, authorities said. The sitter went to feed a cat named “Ella” and was shocked to see that the cat was gone and the house had been ransacked, prosecutors said.

The sitter called police. When cops arrived, they said they found Taylor on the second floor — asleep in the victim’s bed, court documents said.

Cops said he pillaged the living room and rummaged through the liquor cabinet before deciding to take a cat nap.

There was some worry in town that afternoon about what happened to Ella the cat. That had a happy ending, as Ella “came back in the cat door later that day, safe and sound,” authorities said.

Taylor pleaded no contest to possession of stolen property Tuesday. Along with the 10-month jail sentence, he was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and ordered to stay away from the victim’s property, prosecutors said.

Taylor remains in custody, they said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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