Imagine waking up, and finding a strange man living inside your closet.
Well one college student woke up to that exact same scenario.
Authorities have identified the college student to go by the name of Maddie. She started to become suspicious of things when she realized certain personal belongings were turning up missing. Yet, she didn’t stop to consider there was actually a sock monster stealing her clothes.
It wasn’t until Saturday that she discovered she had an uninvited guest.
According to authorities, Andrew Clyde Swofford had let himself in through an unlocked window in the college student’s apartment. Once in, he migrated to the closet, where he proceeded to steal and wear the young woman’s clothing. Authorities do believe that throughout the act, Swofford was on drugs.
Maddie say’s she first got the idea she wasn’t alone when she heard noises from inside the door. She recalls the situation as bizarre. “I’m like ‘Who’s there?’ And somebody answers me. He’s like, ‘Oh, my name is Drew,'” she said. “I open the door and he’s in there, wearing all of my clothes. My socks. My shoes. And he has a book bag full of my clothes.”
BuzzFeed News reports that following the incident, Burkely Communities has inspected other students apartments to ensure their safety.
“It is [residents’] primary responsibility to secure their apartment — that is, to lock their windows and doors when they go to bed or are not home.”
According to the apartment complex, it is every student’s responsibility to ensure their windows and doors are locked to keep dangerous situations from happening.
As for Maddie and her roommate, they’ve moved out, and into another housing facility. But as for Swofford, he faces multiple charges including breaking and entering.
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