GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP/Meredith) — A college student said she thought there was a ghost in her apartment. It turned out to be a man living inside her closet and wearing her clothes.

The University of North Carolina-Greensboro student heard strange noises coming from her closet in her off-campus apartment on Saturday, WFMY-TV reported.

“I just hear rattling in my closet," she said. "I'm like, 'Who's there?' And somebody answers me. He's like, 'Oh my name is Drew.'"

The student, who asked only to be identified as Maddie, opened the door to find the man sitting on the floor with a bag full of clothes, shoes and socks. She talked to him for about 10 minutes and texted photos to her boyfriend.

The man left when the boyfriend arrived.

Police later arrested the suspect -- identified as 30-year-old Andrew Swofford -- at a nearby gas station. He was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering.

Maddie thinks the man has been in her closet before because she noticed items had been disappearing for some time.

"I’ve been having like pieces of clothes missing. Like shirts and pants,” said Maddie. 

Burkely Communities, the property management company, told WFMY the locks were changed. But Maddie said she still doesn't "feel safe" in her home.

“I can’t stay here. My closet, it stinks. Every time I go in [my room] there’s a bad vibe. I’m just ready to leave," she said.

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(2) comments

Husky Loyalist

How dumb can you be? She then talks to the perv for 10 minutes before notifying her boyfriend. That's the first thing I would do verses contacting the police. Dumb.

ExercisingMyRights

Husky, that is not at all what the article and video said. It said she called her boyfriend and then calmly talked to the intruder while she waited for help. She obviously called the boyfriend before she spent 10 minutes talking to the man. It is unclear from the article or video at what point she contacted the police. Before you call someone dumb, you might want to make sure you have the facts right so you’re not the one that looks dumb.

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