A burglar alarm sent out its piercing wail in the dark of a December night in Brooklyn, and the police arrived just in time to collar the burglar, as he was leaving the premises with a big bag full of loot. 

Soon, he was in court, facing a grim-looking judge.  "Did you have an accomplice?" asked the judge.

"What's an accomplice?"

"A partner.  In other words, did you commit this crime by yourself?"

"What else?" demanded the culprit - - -  "Who can get honest and reliable help these days?"