Posted by: Idioma Extra | April 21, 2010

Wednesday’s News

The Weird and the Wonderful

Burglars break into prison to steal TVs
Minimum-security prison robbed twice while prisoners were on furloughs


It would make a good gag for a comedy if it weren’t actually true: thieves have broken into a Dutch prison to steal the inmates’ televisions.

Twice in the last six weeks, burglars broke into a minimum-security prison and stole TVs from cells while prisoners were on weekend furloughs, a spokesman for the justice ministry said on Wednesday.

The prison, in the town of Hoorn, 26 miles northeast of Amsterdam, is for inmates near the end of their sentences.

The facility is what the Dutch government calls a “very modestly protected environment,” where prisoners transition back into society. They are typically allowed weekend leave, which is when the burglars decided to take advantage.

The thefts happened on two separate weekends about a month apart in March and April. The ministry spokesman said it has still not been able to confirm how the burglars gained access.

A spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office in the region confirmed only that a break-in at the prison had been reported to police and added that no arrests had yet been made.

Word of the Day 

Main Entry: gag
Function: noun
Date: 1530
1 : something thrust into the mouth to keep it open or to prevent speech or outcry
2 : an official check or restraint on debate or free speech <a gag rule>
3 : a laugh-provoking remark or act
4 : prank, trick

More Vocabulary

Furlough: n. a leave of absence from duty granted especially to a soldier; also: a document authorizing such a leave of absence
Inmate: n. any of a group occupying a single place of residence; especially: a person confined (as in a prison or hospital)
Leave: n. authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment
Take advantage: v. to use to advantage: profit

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Break into: to make forced entry into

     The thief broke into the supermarket at 2am.


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