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Breaking and Eating: Burglar Broke Into Homes, Brought His Own Food to Cook: Cops

(Youngstown PD) (Youngstown PD)

An Ohio man stands accused of breaking into homes, in part so he could prepare himself some home-cooked meals.

Police in Youngstown say Jacob Merchant, 33, is homeless and allege that he broke into multiple homes this month and brought along his own food, which he cooked before taking a shower and leaving.

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His alleged streak ended Wednesday, however, when cops say Merchant broke into a third home, allegedly did the cooking and showering routine before the homeowner arrived after midnight to find her kitchen in disarray.

According to the police report, the woman heard the shower running. When she followed the sound, the woman told police she was horrified to find Merchant in her bathroom, The Vindicator reported.

Cops think Merchant was in the home for about four hours before the woman arrived.

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Merchant is now charged with felony burglary, according to court records available online. 

He was due to appear in court via video for an arraignment Monday.

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