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Police Catch Man Asleep on the Couch of an ‘Unoccupied’ House

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By Herald Staff

CAPE MAY – A Lower Township man was caught sleeping in a West Cape May house Nov. 16. After police caught him, they realized he was the suspect in an unrelated burglary from several days prior.
Kevin Traughber, 31, of Lower Township was discovered sleeping on the couch of an unoccupied residence when a friend of the owner was checking on the house. Police say Traughber had allegedly entered the house through an unlocked door.
In a Cape May Police Department release, authorities described the burglary in which he was the suspect. Traughber entered a separate residence Nov. 10 and 11 through an unlocked garage door and used a drill in that garage to remove the lock from a sliding glass door in the same house.
Video surveillance from the burglary helped police to identify Traughber. They also say he was wearing the same clothes on both occasions.
Traughber has been charged with two counts of criminal trespassing in the fourth degree, one count of third-degree burglary, as well as one count of theft and one count of criminal mischief, both disorderly persons offenses.
Any charges are accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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