“Creepy” doesn’t even begin to describe a story out of North Carolina.
Two female college students say intruders kept breaking into their apartment – but they had no idea how.
Then one student came face-to-face with an intruder in her closet.
Break-in victim Maddie says, “Since I’ve been having like pieces of clothes missing. Like shirts pants etc.”
Items disappearing, and prints left behind.
Maddie says, “I have a hand print on my bathroom wall like and on my mirror.”
But it wasn’t until Saturday that made – a junior at UNCG – uncovered a mystery she and her roommates thought was a ghost.
Maddie says, “I just hear rattling in my closet. It sounds like a raccoon in my closet. Put my hand on the knob and I’m like ‘who’s in here.’ and somebody answers me. And he’s like ‘oh, my name is Drew.’ I open the door and he’s in there wearing all of my clothes. My socks. My shoes and has a book bag full of my clothes.”
Police say that was 30-year-old Andrew Swofford – the same man you see appearing via video conference from the Guilford County Jail.
Maddie says, “He had these pants on, like, actually on his body.”
Maddie called her boyfriend and as she calmly waited for help – she talked with Swofford to keep him distracted.
Maddie says, “He tries on my hat, goes in my bathroom and looks in the mirror and then he asked like ‘You’re really pretty, can I hug you?’ but he never touched me.”
The big question the girls are trying to get answered how he got inside.
They tell me their doors are always locked and they did not see any damage to them.
But what really scares the girls is that men have entered their apartment before.
Maddie says, “It was two guys in the living room.”
That was December 19th.
The girls alerted the leasing office.
An employee confirmed they changed the locks at that time but did not file a police report.
I was told that is standard protocol.
But Maddie and her roommate say they can’t take it anymore.
Maddie says, “Last night I did not feel safe. I slept with my roommate in her bed. I can’t stay here. My closet, it stinks, I don’t like, every time I go in there it’s like ‘ugh.’ it’s a bad vibe. That’s why I’m ready to just-just leave.”
Swofford faces 14-felony charges, including larceny and identity theft.
His bond was set at $26,000.
Property managers are still investigating how he – and the other two men – got inside the apartment.