Stranger Moves In While Homeowner is on Vacation

A Pennsylvania woman returned from vacation last week and made a startling discovery.

In her absence someone moved into her house and made himself at home.

"My air conditioner was on, my TV was on, and there was somebody on my sofa that I did not know," said the woman, who doesn't want to be identified.

The woman returned home Saturday from a two-day vacation and said an unwelcome houseguest was making himself right at home while she was gone.

"I just opened the door and I was in shock and I ran next door and I said, 'Someone's on my couch.' It was like a movie do you know what I mean?" the woman said.

"He was vacationing in her home," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.

Chitwood said 41-year-old William Lott was the one living in her Drexel Hill home, doing his laundry and eating her food.

"Terrible, terrible, I just went down today and cleaned my washing machine with Clorox," the woman said.

Chitwood said luckily Lott was sleeping when the woman came home.

"This guy is a career criminal. He's been in and out of jail, who knows what he would have done had that lady would have walked in," Chitwood said.

Lott had been living on Abbey Terrece in Drexel Hill with his parents.

His mother, Florence, said he disappeared a week ago and has a history of drug problems.

She said the families knew each other since Lott was a young boy.

"Terribly sorry that he did it but it's not my fault he did that. He's a grown adult but my heart goes out to her," Florence Lott said.

"Thank God I wasn't here," the Drexel Hill woman said.

Relieved but still shaken, she said her home had been locked up while she was gone and she's still not sure how Lott made his way inside.

"At least he didn't steal stuff from me. I guess he would have if I didn't come home. I came home in the morning and I guess he didn't think I'd come home until night," the woman said.

Lott is in police custody being held on $20,000 cash bail.

He faces burglary and trespassing charges.

Upper Darby police said the most important thing to do when you're gone for vacation is to let a neighbor or police know you'll be gone so someone can keep an eye on your house.