West Virginia man Jeffrey Holbrook came home from overnight work to what he thought was just a break-in only to discover that the apparent culprit also decided to stay and sleep in his bed.
Holbrook was recording himself as he surveyed the damage to his ransacked home when he spotted the intruder soundly asleep in his bedroom. The homeowner said in the video that he had never seen the man before and had no clue who he was. He decided not to wake the man up and keep recording as he called the authorities to not provoke any more trouble.
“He was asleep. Why have a confrontation?” Holbrook told NBC in an interview. “I didn’t know if he was armed, if he would wake up and he would be armed. The police were coming,” Holbrook says.
Not long after, an officer finally arrived to arrest the man who was later identified as Stacy Foster, 39. Upon his arrest, Foster can be heard in the video telling the deputy that he wasn’t high on drugs but he didn’t know how he ended up in Holbrook’s house.
Now, he’s facing nighttime burglary and destruction of property charges. Among those that were broken from Holbrook’s house was a stained glass window from the 1800s and a glass door.
In West Virginia, home invasion burglary is a felony punishable by one to 15 years in prison while the destruction of property can be considered a felony if the damage is valued at over $2,500. This charge carries a potential sentence of 1 to 10 years in prison and fines reaching $2,500. Otherwise, one will be charged with a misdemeanor offense which has a fine of up to $500 and a jail sentence of up to one year if convicted.
Foster was already booked on Sunday into the Western Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond. Online records, however, didn’t indicate whether he has an attorney.
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