Bedsheet Break-In’s No Myth for Police

Four boys try to break into school using 'Mythbusters' technique

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Connecticut Deparment of Transportation

Three teenagers and a 12-year-old are wishing they could vanish right about now.

The four broke into Fairfield Warde High School while the building was closed on Friday, Fairfield Police Sgt. James Perez said.

They thought they could fool the school's security system, using a technique they learned on the hit Discovery Channel show "Mythbusters".

Two 17-year-olds, a 14-year-old and the 12-year-old wore white bedsheets, believing the sheets would protect them from being detected by the school's motion detectors, Perez said. They didn't.

When officers arrived, they found the boys running through the hallways in the sheets, carrying badminton rackets.

When asked about the bedsheets, the four told officers about the "Mythbusters" episode.

In fact, an episode of "Mythbusters" that originally aired in 2006 did find that white sheets could keep some ultrasonic detectors from picking up motion, the Connecticut Post reports. The episode is no longer on the Mythbusters' Web site,

The boys weren't arrested. They were given a stern warning and turned over to their parents, Perez said.

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