Published Sep 04, 2019In what has become a horrifyingly common occurrence, a man broke into Taylor Swift's Rhode Island home on Friday (August 30). And bizarrely, once inside, he removed his shoes.
Westerly police responded to a call from the home after 5 p.m. local time, when they found 26-year-old Richard Joseph McEwan inside without any shoes on.
"A pair of orange shoes were found at the doorway where he broke in. When officers asked him why he wasn't wearing any, he told them 'I was always taught that when you go into someone's home, you have to take your shoes off,'" police chief Shawn Lacey told the Westerly Sun. "He said he did it because it was polite."
McEwan wasn't being particularly polite, though, when he broke a glass door to gain entry to Swift's house and wandered inside in search of the Lover singer.
"This was an unusual case in the sense that we found him inside the house," said Lacey. "We've dealt with a number of complaints at the home since it was purchased [by Swift], but this is the first I can recall of someone actually making it into the house."
McEwan was released on $5,000 USD bail and is due in court at a later date.
It marks the third arrest in less than two months in relation to men breaking into Swift's Rhode Island property.
David Page Liddle, 32, was charged in July after being found nearby with more than 30 lock picks and burglary tools. Shortly thereafter, 30-year-old Jonathan A. Millen was charged when he was found parked outside Swift's property despite being told he was not welcome there.