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Bounty Hunter Allegedly Enters Cop’s Home

January 28, 2006

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ The hired gun might have a tough time getting paid for this job. Robert Turner, a 37-year-old bounty hunter, was looking for a woman wanted for failure to appear in court.

But the address she gave was an old one, and the home he entered now belongs to a police officer.

Turner was arrested Wednesday on a charge of breaking and entering. His bond was set at $5,000.

According to a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court complaint:

Turner arrived at the home and saw a police car parked in the driveway, but assumed it belonged to a neighbor.

When no one answered the front door, Turner went to the back door, which he said was unlocked. He entered the house, announced his presence and searched the home _ until he found a police badge.

Turner said he ``didn’t figure a policeman would hide a fugitive,″ so he declared the residence secure.

Officers called the number on a business card he left at the home, and later determined the back door was not unlocked when Turner arrived.

The officer’s daughters, ages 11 and 15, had locked themselves in a bedroom and watched as Turner shined a flashlight under the door.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal

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