The burglars who tried to steal antique silver trays and candlesticks from the General Phineas Banning Residence Museum in Wilmington didn't get away with it.
Police say they left most--if not all--of their booty behind.
They also left a mess in the kitchen.
Lt. Mike Melton of the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division said police "found that they had cooked some eggs in the kitchen." The evidence: The gas stove was still on, and there was a dirty frying pan in the sink.
The hungry thieves, who struck between 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, entered the 23-room museum through a second-floor window, apparently climbing a rope to get in. They then tied silver trays, candlesticks and flatware in the rope and lowered the goods--and themselves--out the window.
A passer-by found some of the silver on the museum grounds and reported the break to police, who found more silver still tied to the rope hanging from the window.