CRIME

Man Broke Into Taylor Swift's Home, Took Off Shoes To Be 'Polite': Police

The singer was not at her Rhode Island beach house at the time of the break-in

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Police say a man who broke into Taylor Swift’s beachfront mansion in Rhode Island took his shoes off because he wanted to be polite.

Westerly police who responded to the home just after 5 p.m. Friday found 26-year-old Richard Joseph McEwan inside.

Police Chief Shawn Lacey tells The Westerly Sun the Milford, New Jersey man wasn’t wearing shoes. When asked why, he said he was always taught to take his shoes off when entering someone’s home to be polite.

He’s charged with breaking and entering and willful trespassing. Online court records did not list a defense attorney.

Lacey says his officers have had to deal with several suspicious people at the singer’s home, but this is the first time he remembers someone making it inside.

He says no one was home.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com

This booking photo released by the Westerly, R.I., Police Department shows Richard Joseph McEwan, of Milford, N.J., arrested
This booking photo released by the Westerly, R.I., Police Department shows Richard Joseph McEwan, of Milford, N.J., arrested on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, and charged with breaking into Taylor Swift's oceanfront house in Westerly. (Westerly Police Department via AP)
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