A New York man man is now facing charges after breaking into a local childcare center, stealing diapers and formula, and leaving notes with bizarre requests behind, ABC 15 News reported.
It all began January 30th, when employees at a daycare in Clarkson, New York discovered $120, accompanied by a note asking if the center has adult sized diapers and whether or not they’d be willing to “play along” if he pretended to be a baby. After the center’s director notified police about the break-in, they installed surveillance cameras, but staff found a similar note with $200 a few days later.
On February 11th, the director received a notification that the security system had been activated. When she arrived to the center, she noticed that someone had been going through the children’s diaper bins, and that another note along with cash had been left. This time, the intruder included sizes for pants, shoes, bras, and dresses, and asked if he could be called “Baby Danielle.”
A week later, the daycare director went through surveillance footage and saw that an elderly man had been taking apart multiple diapers and piecing them together in order to make one big enough to wear himself, and putting it on in one of the bathrooms before fleeing. She later realized that he had also drank half of a bottle of formula, used one of the children’s bibs, and had stolen multiple diapers.
After being identified, police located and arrested 65-year-old Daniel Seeler, who lives in Holley, a town 15 minutes away. The elderly man immediately confessed to the crimes and claims that he’s working through an addiction. Seeler is charged with burglary and petty larceny, but is no longer in police custody due to being released on an appearance ticket.
Tony D’Agostino, the daycare’s owner, says that the center’s employees had never interacted with Seeler. In order to keep the children and the staff safe, he says he intends to increase security.