NC college student finds strange man in her closet trying on clothes


    Andrew Stafford (Guilford County Sheriff's Office photo)

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (WSET) — A North Carolina college student says a man was sitting in her closet and wearing her clothes without her knowing.

    Maddie, a junior at University of North Carolina-Greensboro said articles of clothing had begun to gone missing, and she noticed handprints on the bathroom wall of her off-campus apartment.

    “I’ve been having pieces of clothes missing. Like shirts and pants,” Maddie told Fox 8.

    Maddie and her roommate originally thought they had a ghost in the apartment, until they discovered the something worse Saturday.

    “I just hear rattling in my closet. It sounded like a raccoon in my closet,” Maddie said. “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. My socks. My shoes. And he has a book bag full of my clothes.”

    According to police, the man was 30-year-old Andrew Swofford.

    After discovering Swofford in her closet, Maddie said she called her boyfriend and waited for help. She says she talked to Swofford to keep him distracted.

    “He tries on my hat. He goes in the bathroom and looks in the mirror and then is like ‘you’re really pretty, can I give you a hug?’" she said. “But he never touched me.”

    The roommates are now trying to figure out how Swofford got into their apartment in the first place, adding they always keep their doors locked and didn't see any damage.

    The women say the scariest part is that this isn't the first time strange men have gotten into their apartment. In December, they encountered two men in their living room.

    Maddie told their leasing office about it. The apartment complex confirmed to Fox 8 that they changed the lock on their apartment, which is their standard procedure, but the roommates say that wasn't enough.

    “Last night I did not feel safe. I slept with my roommate in her bed,” Maddie said. “I can’t stay here."

    The property manager, Burkely Communities, told the station that they are currently trying to figure out how this happened.

    Swofford is facing 14 felony charges including larceny and identity theft.

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