Criminal Justice

Homeless man caught in law firm said he had been sneaking in since October


A homeless man arrested over the weekend at a Tennessee law firm told police he had been sneaking into the offices since last October to use the kitchen and Internet.

Maryville Police discovered Michael Anthony Benjamin, 47, hiding behind an office door at Costner and Greene, the Daily Times reports. A female employee called police after entering the firm at about 11:40 p.m. on Saturday and noticing that coffee creamer had been spilled in the kitchen and the place smelled like cigarette smoke.

Benjamin told police he used a paper clip to open the deadbolt lock on the basement door. Costner and Greene is a general practice law firm with six lawyers, according to its website.

Benjamin was charged with theft of property greater than $500, burglary and criminal trespassing, the story says.

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