Velma Kellen's backyard gate was sometimes left open. A smell — "I don't know what marijuana smells like, but it was worse than cigarettes," she says — occasionally wafted in. But the retired caregiver from Yelm, Wash., had no idea a stranger was living under her house for up to a year. A repairman fixing her heat made the discovery after exploring Kellen's crawl space, telling her, "Good news, I got your vents fixed, but the bad news [is] somebody's been making their home under there." The unseen resident, who left beer cans and liquor bottles, had been tapping into her heating ducts. "Pretty concerning for most people who have crawl spaces," Yelm's police chief observed. Kellen now keeps hers locked. [Source]
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