Fort Myers man arrested for living in house while homeowner was out-of-state

Writer: Rachel Murphy
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Emmanuel Pierre (CREDIT: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

A Fort Myers man broke into a person’s home and was living inside until deputies and the out-of-state homeowner discovered him, according to investigators.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said Emmanuel Pierre made himself at home by using the homeowner’s car, cooking in their kitchen and connecting a PlayStation in the bedroom.

The homeowner received a notification from their smart thermostat that the temperature inside the home had changed. The owner became suspicious and decided to check on their property.

While doing so, the homeowner witnessed Pierre driving their car and parking it in the garage.

The homeowner blocked Pierre from leaving the garage and called 911.

Deputies arrested Pierre and charged him with burglary, grand theft of a motor vehicle and grand theft over $750.

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