Elderly Woman Discovers Guy Living in Her Home
Police say her caretaker's boyfriend had secretly moved in on second floor
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2015 8:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – A woman in her 80s who lives alone in Pennsylvania wasn't actually living alone, it turns out. Police in Bedford say that a 49-year-old man had secretly moved in and was living on her second floor for several weeks, reports WJAC-TV and the Bedford County Free Press. His rent-free living came to an end when the woman's daughter paid a visit, and she and her mom heard a noise upstairs. A quick investigation turned up Mark Allen Potts hiding in a closet.

“When police searched the upstairs room, they found several suitcases, a duffel bag, and other personal items belonging to Potts," says county DA Bill Higgins. "He was taking up residence there." Authorities say Potts, who faces charges of criminal trespassing, also had a handgun. The homeowner had once met him—he was the boyfriend of her caretaker. "Locking your door isn't always a safeguard against intrusion," observes a post at Philly Voice. "Neither is a caretaker, apparently." (Another alleged home intruder got caught after logging into Facebook.)