Police: Man who spent night in Palm Beach

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Police: Man who spent night in Palm Beach home he burgled returned next day wearing owner’s clothes

Police on Tuesday arrested a homeless man who they say spent the previous night at a Palm Beach home he had burglarized and returned the following day wearing the homeowner’s clothes.
According to the police report, officers responded to a call from a Brazilian Avenue home that a man identified later as Douglas Lee Macallister, 63, from Syracuse, N.Y., was attempting to force his way inside the residence.
The victim told the officers that he had been watering his plants on the front porch when Macallister approached, walked up the front steps to the porch toward the home’s front door and attempted to walk past the homeowner saying “I’m glad you’re here so I can get into the house,” the police report said.
The victim blocked Macallister’s way into the home and closed the door, according to the report. Fearing for his safety, he retreated into the kitchen and called 911. The victim then observed Macallister attempting to open the back door with a key.
When officers arrived at the home, they saw a man matching Macallister’s description attempting to leave the property and stopped him, the report said. Macallister had three sets of keys wrapped around his wrist with an elastic band, which the victim identified as belonging to his residence.

The victim later said the keys had previously been in a kitchen drawer.

As the victim took a closer look at Macallister, he realized that the clothes he was wearing were all stolen from his master bedroom.

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A can of opened beans with a kitchen utensil were located next to the front living room couch, during a check of the home, the report said.
The victim said he believed he had left the back door to the home unlocked and this could have been how Macallister gained access.
The victim’s loss included the clothes, which were valued at about $475, and upcoming costs to re-key and further inventory his residence.
Macallister later told officers that he had stayed at the residence overnight Monday on the couch, the report said.
The police did not give the homeowner’s whereabouts for Monday night.
Macallister is homeless and has been known to the Palm Beach Police Department since Oct. 16, the report said.
He was arrested on charges of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and petit theft, and given a Dec. 2 court date.
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