How long were people squatting in Barrington home?


Questions still surround the case of a Fireside Drive home which played host to squatters in late July, including the mystery of how long people had been staying in the house illegally.

The Woodard family which lives at 15 Fireside Drive left for vacation on Friday, July 19 and returned on July 28. But upon their arrival to the handsome Hampden Meadows colonial, the family quickly realized something was wrong.

Rotting food covered the countertops, dirty plates filled the sink and bottles of alcohol were missing from the family’s basement bar. The intruders taped blankets over the windows to conceal their presence from neighbors.

Police have been investigating the case, and, according to Chief John LaCross, have interviewed “several people” who may have information about the incident. Detectives are trying to find out who broke into the home and how long they stayed there.

According to a next door neighbor, the break-in and subsequent party took place on Thursday night, July 25. During a brief interview, she said she and her family were not home when the incident occurred.

Another neighbor offered similar information. He said a woman across the street from the Woodard home saw a car leaving their driveway on Thursday night.

Chief LaCross said he’s not so sure it was a one-night party in the vacationing family’s home.

“One person said they saw someone there on Monday night (July 22). They might have been there different days,” he said, adding that he’s still working on developing a timeline for the case. “They may have gone in and out.”

Chief LaCross also said that some cash and alcohol were stolen from the home, but that a monetary value for items taken and damages done to the home has not been finalized.


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