David Miller tented his Kensington home to get rid of termites, but another type of pest crept in.
“It’s just annoying to have to go through and restore the house and do all that stuff,” Miller said.
A thief took the clips off the tent and went inside, then broke a window to get in, Miller said.
“I figured, eh, these kinds of things don’t happen,” Miller laughed.
Photos show the mess the thief made as they tore the house apart, looking for stuff to steal.
“A safe that had a fair amount of cash in it, and then college transcripts and passport and birth certificate and all that stuff,” Miller said.
The burglar also pulled a Goldilocks in Miller’s bed.
“They slept in the bed, yes,” Miller said.
A photo shows a dark spot on the pillowcase where the thief slept.
“The cops took the pillow slip to get the DNA off it,” Miller said.
Some termite tent burglars have used goggles and breathing masks while they are in the home.
Others wait hours after the fumigation so some of the pesticide has dissipated.
That doesn’t always work.
In 2014, a man who broke into a fumigation-tented home died on the porch.
How do you avoid getting ripped off while tenting your home?
You may want to get a security service for those one or two nights.
Some people have gone so far as to rent an RV and park it in front of their home.