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Naked man ruins home

Tara Stanley and her family are without a proper roof over their heads this Christmas – thanks to a naked man who trashed their ceiling.

This past weekend, Stanley, her boyfriend and roommate took a trip to Vancouver. They were planning to stay just for the day, but after checking DriveBC noticed the roads were not in the best condition, forcing the three to get a hotel room.

Stanley says after planning to stay, she received a text from the neighbour who lives in the other half of her West Kelowna duplex, asking her to keep down the racket.

“I told her we weren’t home, and that is when things got weird,” she said.

The neighbour and her boyfriend went to investigate banging coming from Stanley’s unit. That's when they discovered a naked man wedged into a vent who was trying to warm himself with insulation.

Stanley says the man climbed on top of her shed and broke into the home through a vent above the master bedroom window.

“He took out the wires in the vent on the neighbour's side, and he totally took out the vent on my side, and came in through the roof. He started kicking in through the roof above every room in the house,” said Stanley.

“He totalled my master bedroom, went into the closet and every room. He didn’t steal anything, but my bedroom was rummaged through.”

The man allegedly went downstairs and tried unsuccessfully to escape through a window. He tried to leave the way he came in, through the vent, and got stuck half in and half out.

For unknown reasons, the intruder left his clothes all over the house.

“His underwear were left on top of my toilet," said Stanley.

RCMP Cpl. Joe Ducan says the 24-year-old man was arrested and brought to Kelowna General Hospital. He has been released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

Stanley’s now frightened the man has been allowed back into the community and could return.

“We got his name, and we searched him on Facebook. I recognize him from the neighbourhood. We are so confused and lost with what to do,” Stanley said through tears.

She says the ceiling of every room on the top floor of the house is destroyed. All three are trying to live in the small one-room basement for the meantime.

“We have no kitchen to cook out of. What will we do for Christmas? Our furniture is even ruined,” she said.

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