James Blankenship's first mistake was to try to break into his own mother's house. Young James had a go at climbing through the first floor window, then bolted when he was caught.
It didn't help that he conducted the botched raid in broad daylight, but let's set that aside for a moment, because this story gets much dumber.
When police found James hiding in a crawl space near the scene and arrested him, the young man was stunned.
James thought he couldn't be arrested for burglary because it wasn't night-time.
James Blankenship didn’t think he could be arrested for burglary during the day.