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Man reportedly on drugs swam in Pevely mayor's pool before breaking in

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Suspect caught on camera outside Pevely Mayor Stephanie Haas' home (Credit: Pevely PD). Suspect caught on camera outside Pevely Mayor Stephanie Haas' home (Credit: Pevely PD).

PEVELY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Pevely police are crediting surveillance video with helping them identify and arrest a suspect who is believed to have broken into the home of Pevely Mayor Stephanie Haas and her husband Joe McCain while they were sleeping.

"I rolled up out of bed and I looked and I saw the silhouette of a man standing at the foot of my bed," said McCain. 

Police say the man ran away but was arrested days later. His name has not been released because warrants have not been returned but he is expected to face charges of first degree burglary and trespassing, according to authorities. 

Haas and McCain said they checked the video recorded by their surveillance cameras the night of the incident and the footage revealed the intruder had spent more than two hours roaming around the family's deck and backyard.

"He made a fort out of our cushions and put like three of them around him and then put one over the top of his head, so that I guess if somebody came out  [we] wouldn't be able to see him," said Haas.

The man also took a swim in the family's backyard pool. At one point in the night Haas said she could not sleep and got up to watch television. The video revealed she was not alone during that time, that the intruder was sitting about 8 feet away, outside a window and observed her watching television for 30 minutes.

Haas says she is troubled by the fact that the intruder broke in after seeing her.

"But to make that decision to try to go into the house after seeing me sitting there by myself, I think that was what really got to me the most. That made me the most upset because you just never know, good intentions or bad intentions," said Haas.

Pevely police say the suspect claimed he had used meth for the first time that night and blamed his unusual behavior on the drug use.

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