Deyfon Pipkins has spent a lot of time in the Dallas County jail over the past decade, having been arrested a half dozen times on theft charges since 2003.
Police say he was back at it again at 4:15 p..m. on Monday afternoon, when he targeted a house in the 2200 block of Morrell Avenue in East Oak Cliff.
This time, the 33-year-old's luck was worse than usual. The elderly homeowner, who wasn't identified by police, was there, and he had a gun. When he heard Pipkins trying to crawl through his window, he shot him.
When police arrived, they found Pipkins' lifeless body hanging from the open window.
Pipkins mother, Catherine Pipkins, arrived as police were investigating. She was not surprised.
"Yeah, it's something he would do ... Somebody called me and said my son got shot that's the reason I'm standing here," she told NBC 5.
Police say the case will be referred to a grand jury to determine if charges should be filed against the homeowner.
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