UNCG student says ghost in her closet was actually man who broke in to wear her clothes

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
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A man is behind bars after officials said he broke into a UNCG student's closet to wear her clothes.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A man is behind bars after officials said he broke into a University of North Carolina at Greensboro student's closet to wear her clothes.

The bizarre incident happened just steps away from the college at the Summit at the Edge Apartments on Oakland Ave.

Maddie told WGHP her clothes have been going missing for a while.

"I've been having like pieces of clothes missing," the junior said. "Like shirts and pants."

She said while the clothes were going missing, handprints were being left behind on the bathroom wall.

For a while, she and her roommates thought it might have been a ghost. But on Saturday a more earthly explanation of the supernatural mystery started to become clear.

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"I just hear rattling in my closet," Maddie explained. "It sounded like a raccoon in my closet. I'm like, 'Who's there?' And somebody answers me. He's like, 'Oh my name is Drew.' I open the door and he's in there, wearing all of my clothes. My socks. My shoes. And he has a book bag full of my clothes."

Maddie called for help and kept 30-year-old Andrew Swofford distracted while help arrived.

"He tries on my hat. He goes in the bathroom and looks in the mirror and then is like 'You're really pretty. Can I give you a hug?' But he never touched me."

Officials are not sure how he got in, but Maddie said it's not the first time a stranger was inside her home.

They also had a break in on Dec. 19, 2018.

Employees of the building said they changed the locks of the apartment, but Maddie said she still doesn't feel safe.

"I can't stay here. My closet, it stinks. Every time I go in (my room) there's a bad vibe. I'm just ready to leave."

Swofford was arrested and booked under a $26,000 bond on 14 felony charges including larceny and identity theft.