Bainbridge woman discovers stranger living in her house
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. -- Talk about bad house guests.
Police say a Bainbridge Island burglar broke into a home -- and then moved in.
The homeowner was shocked to find him in her house after returning home from a weekend getaway. She said the burglar had been wearing clothes he found in her home, eating her food, and sleeping in her beds.
"This was so strange and so weird," said Susan, a retired school teacher.
It is a modern day Goldie Locks story.
"I turned the corner into the kitchen and there was a man standing there, a young man," Susan said.
For three days the stranger helped himself to her home, a one level bungalow nestled in the woods.
When she made the startling discovery Monday night in her kitchen, the stranger and acted as if he lived there. It was dinnertime, and with a matter-of-fact attitude, he was cooking dinner. .
"I said, 'Well, who are you?'" Susan said. "He was cooking pasta, boiling water on the stove. I said, 'Do I know you?' He said 'No,' very soft spoken then I said, 'What are you doing here?' (He said) 'Well, I'm trying to help you and I'm trying to organize your things, I've worked really, really hard.'"
This intruder, now known to police as 30-year old Peter Vecellio, a transient from Connecticut, slipped in through an unlocked sliding glass door and helped himself.
"He said I've eaten a lot of your food -- bread, jam -- and he took things out of my freezer and put them in my other freezer," Susan said.
He essentially moved in and practically rearranged everything in Susan's house. Her books were moved, her kitchen cupboards were reorganized, her laundry room was upside down and her wine collection was not where she left it..
"I was finding all over the place things moved all over, clothes in one closet moved to another closet, illogically, no sense."
After the shock subsided, Susan demanded that he leave.
"He didn't move, he said i just want to talk to you I've done so much to help you."
Police convinced him to leave -- he's now got a new home in the Kitsap County jail -- and Susan is still working to reclaim her home.
"It was like, weird, and I'm still finding things I can't find or are in a funny place," Susan said.
When arrested, Vecellio was wearing mens clothing that he found in Susan's house. According to police documents, Vecellio had a brush with Bainbridge Island Police just 5 days prior, when a neighbor noticed him hanging around a vacant home. Police told him to leave.
Vecellio has been charged with second degree burglary and if convicted could face up 10 years in prison. In a police report, officers noted he appeared to have mental health issues.