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Lawrence Gallegos (pictured) and another man took off running when an Albuquerque, N.M., homeowner allegedly caught them trying to steal his 42-inch television.

But Gallegos had left his backpack at the scene of the crime and actually had the nerve to come back to claim it, explaining to the homeowner it contained important paperwork, according to police.

The homeowner gave the suspect his backpack. But, the "important paperwork" had already fallen out: documents related to Gallegos' stay in the nearby Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center.

He was arrested nearby a short time later.
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