CECIL TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A homeless woman has been arrested for allegedly breaking into homes in Washington County to take a bath and to look for food.
The woman, who is originally from Canonsburg but now may be homeless, was arrested Monday night in Cecil Township.
She allegedly broke into a home on Farmcrest Drive to take a bath. The homeowner woke up to the sound of water running and tried to enter the bathroom.
“I went to the bathroom door. It was locked,” said Steve Belfiore, the homeowner. “I said, ‘Who’s in there?’ I hear someone say, ‘It’s Pam.’ I say, ‘Pam who?’ She said, ‘Pam Morrison,’ and I said, ‘Who are you?’
Pam Morrison was not the woman’s real name. Belifiore thinks she came in through an unlocked door.
“I believe she went in this door or maybe upstairs. Her boots were sitting here and she had a little hand bag right there,” said Steve.
When the woman exited the bathroom and came face to face with the homeowner, Belfiore realized he had never seen her before in his life.
“She opens the door and she has her clothes and the towel in front of her, covered,” said Belfiore. “I said, ‘I’m calling the police.’ Next thing you know, she bolts out of the house, down the steps, through the front door. Naturally, I could see everything bare in the back. In other words, she made a clean getaway.”
Police arrived and arrested the 48-year-old female who is reportedly suffering from some type of emotional or mental break.
The woman is also accused of breaking into a home on Hillcrest Drive earlier in the evening. In that incident, the homeowner reported his grill had been used and food was missing from his home.
She was charged with burglary, prowling at night and theft.
“What kind of a person comes in and takes a bath in your house?” said Steve.
“She had all the drawers open, was stealing like makeup and toiletries,” Donna Belfiore added.
“I was in shock. And an old man like me, it’s a wonder I didn’t have a heart attack,” Steve said.
The woman is facing a preliminary hearing on Sept. 28, but her mental health will have to be evaluated first. One of the owners of the houses she broke into says they have no intentions of pressing charges.