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Police: MultiMillionaire Burgles Mansion to Teach Homeless Man a Lesson

April 1, 1994

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A multimillionaire who told police he expected the world to end Easter weekend picked up a homeless man and tried to motivate him by breaking into a mansion and making him breakfast, authorities said.

David Lohrey was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation after his arrest Wednesday. Later, a judge denied bond when he learned Lohrey was worth $20 million. Both men are charged with burglary and felony vandalism.

″He’s a very religious man, and he’s been doing a number of things to help the homeless,″ said Lohrey’s lawyer, Joyce Ladar.

Lohrey wanted to show the homeless man ″the potential of what he could do if he got his life together. He now knows this wasn’t the right way.″

Lohrey picked up Jerome Howard in downtown’s seedy Tenderloin district and drove him across the San Francisco Bay to an $11 million mansion in Tiburon, according to his lawyer and police.

Lohrey allegedly used his Range Rover to ram the front gate to the estate early Wednesday morning and then entered the home by smashing an imported cut- glass door with a planter. Lohrey had toured the property previously, his lawyer said.

Once inside, police said, the men made breakfast of eggs, bacon, cookies and beer.

The previous evening, Lohrey had been in the Tenderloin giving out money to street people, his attorney said.

The owner, whose name wasn’t released, confronted the two men at breakfast and called police. Lohrey told officers he spoke in the ″seventh dimension″ and he expected the world to end Easter weekend.

Howard has a previous conviction for lewd and lascivious conduct, and now faces up to 13 years in prison. Lohrey faces up to 6 1/2 years in prison if convicted.

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