Twins share a special bond. Twins who remarkably resemble each other, as so many of them do, even share a special advantage: They can at times get away with blaming their look-alikes when they do something wrong.
According to the authorities, such a claim of mistaken identify was recently made by a 31-year-old woman accused of stealing assorted items from a Holiday Inn room in Big Beaver, Pa.
Among her allegedly ill-gotten gains were two comforters, two blankets, four pillows, an alarm clock, a coffee pot and a hair dryer — with a total estimated value of $206.
After State Trooper Joshua Thompson caught up with the suspect — and those items — at another motel, she said her twin sister had taken them.
But according to his report, when he investigated that alibi, he found that she had no twin.
The suspect, Jennifer Brown, was subsequently charged with theft and filing a false report.
So keep enjoying the “evil twin” themes that have long enhanced diabolical plots, from “The Man in the Iron Mask” to “The Great Dictator” to “Star Trek” to numerous soap operas and beyond.
But if you don’t have a twin, don’t imagine that you can fool anybody by saying that you do.
If you do have a twin, don’t cast him (or her) as the culprit for your misdeed. After all, turnabout is fair play.