BURLINGTON, N.C. — Whether living in an apartment or a house, most folks have to call repair crews to their home at some point.
A Burlington man tells FOX8 he likes to be home when maintenance crews work on his apartment, but he had to be at work this week when they came by to fix a shower.
“I knew that I had maintenance coming over and I knew I wasn’t going to be here because I had to go to work. Something just — I felt very uneasy — something told me to just cut my camera on.”
His camera caught a lot more than someone fixing his bathroom.
“There he was. The maintenance guy. He went through every drawer, all my personal belongings, he was all over my computer.”
In the video, you even see the man sitting on the bed and sucking on Stewart’s vape device.
“Unfortunately for the victim here, a lot of times district attorneys are unable to prosecute a crime like this one because it doesn’t fit squarely and neatly into trespass law. Although I believe a trespass was committed,” said Attorney Lisa Lanier of Lanier Law Group.
She says resources are limited for D.A. offices to prosecute gray-area crimes, especially in a case where no one is physically harmed and nothing appears to have been stolen.
“I think the victim may have to look to civil remedies if any. Those would include invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress and there is also a civil claim for trespass,” Lanier added.
Bryant admitted, “My wife she isn’t sleeping. I’m up trying to make sure nobody comes back to my home. All of this has really disturbed us extremely.”
It all happened at the Brittany Apartment Complex off Huffman Mill Road in Burlington.
Managers there assured FOX8 the maintenance man was fired. They said they use contract vendors for maintenance and haven’t had problems like this before.
They offered to move Stewart, his wife and two kids into a new unit if it would make them feel more comfortable.
“This could happen to anybody. It could be anywhere at any time,” Stewart pointed out. “If you have a gut feeling you need to cut on your cameras, please do.”