BY ERIKA BUTLER, firstname.lastname@example.org
3:10 PM EDT, October 2, 2012
A Belcamp woman came home to her apartment one day in August and stepped into a scene from "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."
One of her bananas was gone. The blueberries she left on the counter were gone. The blankets on her bed were not as she had left them and the towels in her spare bedroom were wet. Cable TV had been ordered in her name. Stashed away in a drawer under the stove was a backpack belonging to the man who was allegedly staying there.
It turned out that a homeless man had been staying in the apartment the woman used while she was in town on business.
Jordan David Bailey, 20, who police said is homeless, was charged last week with breaking into the apartment in the 4500 block of Perkins Place in Belcamp. He is also charged in connection with at least two other burglaries in the area.
In the Perkins Place incident, the woman who lives there said she got home from work around 10 p.m. one night at the beginning of summer and saw a bowl and a can of tomato soup in her sink and that it appeared someone had been sleeping in her bed. She didn't report the incident because there were no signs someone had forced their way into her apartment.
In August, the woman, 37, said she got to her apartment around 10 p.m. and noticed a banana was missing, the blueberries were gone, the television was not on the channel she had left it. She also said there was McDonald's trash in the can that she didn't put there and that the towels in her spare bedroom were wet, but the tub was dry.
Nothing had been stolen except her food.
When a deputy checked her apartment, he saw damage to the bottom of a window's drip edge, which a service technician said had been there for several months.
Concerned for her safety, the woman decided to move out, and while conducting a walk-through to prepare the apartment for the next tenant, the property manager opened the bottom storage drawer of the stove and found a gray and black backpack with a Maryland Department of Corrections ID card with Bailey's name on it, according to charging documents.
Found in the backpack were a Boston Red Sox hat, a bag with various toiletries, a purchase receipt from Best Buy with the previous tenant's name on it, District Court documents charging Bailey with a burglary on Aug. 22, a leather case with a multi-purpose tool set, a gray jewelry box containing a gold necklace and change, batteries and a receipt from Best Buy for Comcast cable service.
On Sept. 21, the woman reported to police that she had gotten two bills from Comcast for $130.82 and $161.33 for services she did not use or order. She told police about the previous two burglary reports and said they could be related to the cable theft.
The woman who lived there told police she thought Bailey allegedly entered her house several times and stayed there while she was gone.
In that incident, Bailey was charged Thursday with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, theft less than $500 and vandalism less than $500.
He was charged Sept. 17 with first- and fourth-degree burglary, theft $1,000 to $10,000, vandalism less than $500 and stealing or selling a registered firearm. And on Aug. 22, he was charged with fourth-degree burglary.
During a bail review Friday, District Court Judge Susan Hazlett set the bail for his burglary charges at $75,000.
He had refused to meet with a public defender for the bail review.