Police: Man slept undetected in Pa. woman's attic

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - An Arkansas man has been arrested in Pennsylvania after police say he slept undetected for days in a family's attic, stealing food and clothing when they were away and keeping warm by wrapping himself with blankets and insulation.

Police say 21-year-old Stanley Carter of Trumann surrendered after he heard a police dog inside the home in Plains Township. The homeowner Stacy Ferrance says that when Carter came down from the attic, he was wearing her daughter's pants and Ferrance's sweat shirt and sneakers.

Police say Carter had been staying with Ferrance's duplex neighbors, who were friends of his. But when they told him to leave, he apparently accessed the duplex's shared attic through a trap door in a bedroom ceiling.

The neighbors say he disappeared December 19th, and they filed a missing person report a few days before Christmas.

Carter was charged with several counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass. He remains in jail in Pennsylvania. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January Fifth.

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