Police Ask Residents to Refrain from Crime Until After the Heat Wave Passes

It was dangerously hot across much of the country this weekend -- so hot, in fact, that police in Braintree, Massachusetts, were imploring would-be criminals to hold off on illegal activity until today, Monday.

The Braintree Police Department asked the community to put a pin in crime until the heat wave passes in a Facebook post Friday.

"It is straight up hot out there," the department wrote in the post, which has racked up more than 106,000 shares since Friday.

The department confirmed to CNN Saturday that the post is, indeed, legit.

The heat is criminal enough. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for parts of the eastern United States, including Braintree in eastern Massachusetts.

That's simply too hot for lawbreaking, Braintree police said.

Committing a crime in this sort of weather is "next level henchmen status," the department said, not to mention dangerous to the offender's health.

In the post, the department suggested everyone wait out the heat wave indoors and suspend the illegal stuff until things cool down.

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