Tracy Woodard and her family, returned home from a week-long vacation to find evidence that squatters had taken residence in their Barrington, Rhode Island home.
Ms. Woodard told WJAR NBC 10, "The first thing I noticed was the stench, like the house just stunk…It smelled like a combination of mildew and just bad food, and like just flies everywhere, like house flies. Just, it was, it was so disgusting."
As the family explored the rest of their home, they found that the squatters broke doors, left food, wet towels and blankets around, and various items were left in the pool including a knife.
Their drawers had been riffled through, cash and alcohol were missing, and the unwelcome guests even took the liberty of baking cookies.
Remnants of tape were left where the squatters apparently draped blankets over the glass doors to keep neighbors from seeing their activity in the house.
Most disturbing was that one of the squatter’s underwear was left on the couch, and used condom wrappers and marijuana were found.
Tracy has had restless nights at home since her vacation. She said, "I haven't slept in three days…It's so disrespectful and it's so violating...You don't realize how, how much you feel violated until you start walking through your house and you don't know what's been touched and what's been used. I mean, has my bed been slept in? Has my toothbrush been used? It's just a horrible, horrible feeling."
Woodard suspects teens are to blame and that they had heard about the family’s vacation from her teenage son.
The Woodard matriarch said, "In my opinion, this should be pursued. Um, I don’t think that kids should not get away with this kind of stuff."
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said that it’s not conclusive that the wrongdoers are teens, and no arrests have yet been made.
But if the violators are found they will be charged with breaking and entering.
Authorities advise that those going on vacation avoid spreading word, in person and on social networking sites, that their home will be unattended.
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