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Police: Squatters found living in Slaughter Beach home

February 12, 2018

Three people face charges after police say they were living in a Slaughter Beach home without the owner’s consent.

The owner of a home in the 600 block of Bay Avenue went to his summer home Feb. 10 after he noticed an increase in his electric bill, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police.

At about 8:30 p.m., Jaffe said, the homeowner saw Jacob Kantowski, 19, walking in the kitchen area while Sierra Grimsled, 20, was in the living area.

Police found damage to the rear door and door frame, several holes in the wall and damage to an antique lamp, Jaffe said.

Police took Kantowski and Grimsled in to custody without incident. They were charged with second-degree burglary – a class D felony – criminal mischief, second-degree conspiracy and theft of services. They were arrainged at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on $3,200 unsecured bond. Facing the same charges is David L. Howard, 49, of Lincoln, who police say broke into the home. Howard turned himself in to police Feb. 11, Jaffe said. He was charged and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $16,000 secured bond.