Three arrested for squatting in man’s vacation home

Delaware State Police have arrested three people on burglary charges after they were found to be squatting in a man's vacation home in Slaughter Beach.

State troopers say they responded to the 600 block of Bay Avenue Saturday where the homeowner says he found 19-year-old Jacob Kantowski and 20-year-old Sierra Grimsled in the kitchen and living room of the home. 

A third suspect who wasn't in the home at the time, 49-year-old David Howard, turned himself in Sunday. Police say that Howard was also identified as the suspect who forced entry into the home and that there were several signs of damage to doors and walls. 

The homeowner says he went to check on his vacation house because he noticed an increase on the electric bill for the property.

Both Kantowski and Grimsled were taken into custody without incident and were both charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Conspiracy 2nd degree, and Theft of Services.  Both were released on a $3200.00 unsecured bond.

Howard was charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Criminal Mischief, Conspiracy 2nd degree, and Theft of Services. He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $16,000.00 secured bond.

Categories: Delaware, Local News