The woman was only rumbled after the man became suspicious about food mysteriously disappearing from his kitchen.
Police found the 58-year-old woman hiding in the top compartment of the man’s wardrobe and arrested her for trespassing, police spokesman Hiroki Itakura said today.
The man had installed security cameras that transmitted images to his mobile phone after becoming puzzled by food disappearing from his kitchen.
One of the cameras captured someone moving inside his home after he had left, and he called police believing it was a burglar.
However, when they arrived they found the door locked and all the windows closed.
“We searched the house … checking everywhere someone could possibly hide,” Itakura said.
“When we slid open the shelf closet, there she was, nervously curled up on her side.”
The woman told police she had nowhere to live and first sneaked into the man’s house about a year ago when he left it unlocked.
She had moved a mattress into the small closet space and even took showers, Itakura said, calling the woman “neat and clean.” – sun