She thought the strange noises and misplaced belongings might’ve been a ghost.
But it turns out there was a man living inside her closet. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro student told Fox 8 that she always locked her doors and had never seen any signs of a break-in.
On Saturday afternoon, the student heard a strange sounds coming from her closet and opened to door to discover 30-year-old Andrew Clyde Swofford.
It wasn’t clear how long had been living there.
“I just hear rattling in my closet. It sounded like a raccoon in my closet,” the student, who calls herself Maddie, told the news station. “I’m like, ‘Who’s there?’ And somebody answers, ‘Me.’ He’s like, ‘Oh my name is Drew.’ I open the door and he’s in there, wearing all of my clothes.”
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Maddie told WFMY that she continued talking to Swofford after he replied from inside the closet. “Before I open the door — are you gonna do anything to me? Are you gonna do anything? And he’s like no, no, no,” she said.
“I could feel him starting to push the door open so I was like I guess I have to open the door,” she said. When she opened the door, she found Swofford “sitting on the floor, wearing her clothes. He had a bag full of her clothes, shoes, and socks.” She talked to him for about ten minutes and texted pictures of the situation to her boyfriend after Swofford begged her not to call the police.
According to WFMY, the man left as soon as Maddie’s boyfriend showed up and was picked up at a nearby gas station and booked into Guilford County Jail in lieu of $26,000 bond. Swofford was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering as well as identity theft, larceny, possessing stolen goods, and failing to appear in court in connection with previous cases, reports BuzzFeed News.
“We always joke that there’s a ghost in here because I’ve been missing clothes since I’ve been living here, like shirts – like a shirt at a time or pants at this time – it makes me think he’s been here before,” Maddie said.
She says she’s moving out. “I’m leaving tonight, yeah, just signed a lease for a new apartment.”