She Thought a Ghost Was Taking Her Clothes. Not Quite

Andrew Swofford allegedly found Saturday in student's NC apartment
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2019 1:25 PM CST
Fearing a Clothes-Stealing Ghost, She Opened the Closet
Andrew Swofford   (Guilford County Jail)

A student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro debunked her theory that a ghost was stealing her clothes, though the truth was no less terrifying. After spotting handprints in the bathroom of her apartment on the edge of campus and noticing several of her pants and shirts had gone missing, the junior identified as Maddie heard what "sounded like a raccoon in my closet" after she arrived home around lunchtime Saturday. "I'm like who's there? … He's like, 'Oh, my name is Drew,'" Maddie tells Fox 8, noting she opened the door to find a man dressed in her clothes with "a book bag full of my clothes." As she waited for help, Maddie says the man kept trying on clothes, even going to the bathroom to check out how he looked in a hat. She says he asked to give her a hug at one point but didn't actually touch her.

Police later charged Andrew Swofford, 30, with misdemeanor breaking and entering, reports Spectrum News; he was also found to have outstanding warrants. He's being held in Guilford County Jail on a $26,000 bond. Weirdly, Maddie tells Fox 8 that two men were also found in her living room on Dec. 19, after which the apartment locks were changed. Maddie says there was no sign of an intrusion in the latest case, the first to be reported to police. Afterwards, "I did not feel safe. I slept with my roommate in her bed," she says. "I'm just ready to leave." Burkely Communities, which manages the Summit at the Edge Apartments, says it's reviewing both cases. (A man claimed to have shot at a ghost who broke in.)

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