Woman finds unwelcome man living in her Bainbridge Island home

A Bainbridge Island woman came home Monday to find an unwanted man living in her home.

Police arrested Peter James Vecellio, 30, Monday night after officers were called to a burglary in progress at a home in the 9300 block of Sands Avenue Northeast.

The homeowner called police after she returned home to find Vecellio had been living in her house uninvited for several days.

Vecellio, of Wallingford, Connecticut, had made himself comfortable in the Bainbridge residence. According to court documents, he had rearranged the homeowner's belongings while he was staying in the home, had helped himself to food, and was found by officers in a bedroom dressed in the homeowner's clothes.

Police claim that Vecellio admitted to unlawfully entering the home and staying there.

"He stated, 'The door was open so it wasn't breaking and entering; trespass, yes,'" a Bainbridge officer recalled in a statement of probable cause for the man's arrest.

Vecellio allegedly told police he had been staying in the home since Saturday, May 17.

Vecellio was arrested for residential burglary and third-degree theft and booked into Kitsap County Jail.

He was charged with second-degree burglary in Kitsap County District Court Tuesday, May 20. Bail was set at $60,000.

Second-degree burglary carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a $20,000 fine upon conviction.


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