Homeowner Discovered Man Living Inside His Attic After Smelling Cigarette Smoke and Items Started Going Missing in the Home

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A homeowner in Washington state said he found out someone had been living in his attic after noticing items around the house had gone missing and smelling cigarette smoke in his home, Insider reported.

Mill Creek Police Department responded to a call from the homeowner about a man sleeping in his attic. The homeowner also reported that he was missing more than $3,000 and some personal documents that he believes were stolen from the suspect. 

The homeowner told officers he began to smell cigarette smoke in his home and started to investigate where it was coming from. When he traced it up to the attic he discovered

“a makeshift bed, a running heater, drugs, and half-eaten food,”

local station KCPQ reported. Police arrived at the home but the suspect was not there. They advised the resident to call them when he returns. 

The next day, the 24-year-old unnamed suspect was taken into custody at the home. 

“The suspect was located inside the dwelling and taken into custody without incident. All but approximately $30 of the stolen belongings were recovered including the victim’s wallet and foreign passport,”

the Mill Creek Police Department said in a statement. It is unclear how long the man lived there. 

He was charged with

“residential burglary, second-degree theft, and possession of fentanyl and methamphetamine,”

police revealed. 

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