North Carolina college student finds man in closet wearing her clothes

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Student finds man in her closet wearing her clothes. Tamala Edwards reports during Action News Mornings on February 5, 2019.

GREENSBORO, North Carolina -- A college student in North Carolina caught a man in her apartment wearing her clothes.

Two students at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro say items were disappearing and hand prints were left behind on the bathroom wall.

"I've been having, like, pieces of clothes missing," said Maddie, a junior. "Like shirts and pants."

Then, on Saturday, Maddie came face to face with a man in her closet, wearing her clothes. He has been identified as 30-year-old Andrew Swofford.

"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."

Maddie called her boyfriend., and as she waited for help, she says she talked to Swofford to keep him distracted.

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

Swofford faces 14 felony charges, including larceny and identity theft. He appeared in court on Monday via video conference from the Guilford County Jail.

Maddie and her roommate are still left wondering how he got in their apartment. They said their doors are always locked, and they did not see any damage to them.


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