Police find man living in woman's attic

Dec. 29, 2008 at 4:05 PM
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WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman alleges a man police discovered in her attic had been stealing food and clothing from the home she shares with her three children.

Stacey Ferrance said she suspected theft after her laptop computer and iPod went missing and phoned police after finding a footprint on the wall of her bedroom closet, which contains the door to the attic, The (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) Times Leader reported Monday.

Police said the man, identified as Stanley Carter, 21, came out of the attic Friday and surrendered himself to officers after hearing a police dog inside Ferrance's home.

"When he came down from the attic, he was wearing my daughter's pants and my sweatshirt and sneakers," Ferrance said. "It's not something I would expect, someone living in my attic. It's disturbing."

Ferrance said Carter had formerly stayed with her neighbors, who have a door to the same shared attic inside their home. She said she believed the neighbors had reported Carter, who is from Arkansas, missing Dec. 19.

"He had everything up there," she said. "He had candles, food; he wrapped himself in blankets and insulation to sleep."

Carter was charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass. He was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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