'Goldilocks burglar' finds Edgewater home just right; Family awakes to find stranger dozing on couch; man charged with burglary


They call him the "Goldilocks burglar."

A man who broke into an Edgewater home last week decided to heat up some frozen lasagna, strip down to his gray boxer shorts and take a nap on the couch.

The homeowner's granddaughter discovered him when she awoke the next morning and saw remnants of his buttered bread on the dining room table. Anne Arundel County police were called to the home to wake up the droopy-eyed man. He smelled strongly of alcohol, according to the police report, and told the officer that he believed he "belonged at the home."

Police said his jeans were found in the living room, his shirt in the dining room and his boots on the kitchen floor. His red Jeep was parked in the driveway. There were no signs of forced entry.

"He did not know why, but he believed that he belonged there," said Charles Ravenall, police spokesman. County police have dubbed the intruder "Goldilocks" and "the sleeping burglar."

It is unclear whether he intended to rob the family or wandered into the home to sleep, police said.

Frances Brown, who owns the ranch-style house, said yesterday, "My privacy has been invaded enough by this." She declined to comment further.

Brown lives at the house on Muddy Creek Drive with her daughter and granddaughter. They did not hear the burglar microwaving frozen lasagna or making toast. He was a sound sleeper and apologized profusely for entering the house, they reported.

Brown told police she might have left the door open.

Casey Adams, 26, of Edgewater was arrested and charged with fourth-degree burglary. He was released on his own recognizance.

Police said Adams, who works at a construction site in Chantilly, Va., told them he began drinking at 4: 45 p.m. Thursday and could not recall how much he drank or what he drank.

Reached yesterday, Adams said he plans to meet with a lawyer today.

"I do not want to say anything now," said Adams, who has no criminal record.

Pub Date: 10/06/99

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