A 26-year-old man in New Jersey stormed the beach at the Rhode Island estate of singer-songwriter Taylor Swift on Friday and took off his shoes because he wanted to be polite, police said.
Richard J. McEwan, of Milford, is the third man this summer to attempt to enter the 11,744-square-foot home in the West since July, but the first to do so, according to Westerly Police Chief Sean Lacey.
Swift was not home when a witness saw McEwan scaling a wall along the west edge of the property by 5 plus acres around 5:10 p.m., Lacey said. Seconds later, a motion detector triggers a burglar alarm, triggers a police response.
The first cop who arrived found a security guard sitting near a sea wall, but the guard failed to hear the alarm because it was too windy, the chief said.
Officers and security guards soon found McEwan standing in the lobby after searching the outside of the seven-bedroom, nine-bath home. The Hunter County man tried to do so but was arrested after a brief pursuit, according to police.
McEwan later told investigators that he took off his orange shoes when he walked in, having been taught that he was kind enough to drop off guest shoes at someone's home.
He walked into the house breaking a glass door and wandering into the mansion to find Taylor, according to Lacey. Police said he had no weapons and did not intend to harm anyone.
McEwan, who left Westerly from New Jersey earlier in the day, is charged with breaking into and entering a home without the owner's consent and intentional passage. He posted a $ 5,000 bond and was released.
Jeff Goldman can be reached at jeff_goldman @ njadvancemedia. com . Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman .
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