Man walks into house; puts up Christmas decorations

Published: Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 4:30 PM
Updated: Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 4:30 PM

            Terry Trent
(Terry Trent)

A Vandalia family is in shock when a man broke into their house, made himself at home and even put up Christmas decorations.

Police said the man's strange behavior may involve bath salts.

According to police, an 11-year-old child came home and found a stranger sitting on the couch.

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Tamara Henderson was next door when her son call her.

She said, "What do you mean a man is in our house? You don't know if he has a gun or if he has a knife?"

Henderson called 911 and screamed for her neighbors.

Police reports indicated that 44-year-old Terry Trent did have a pocket knife and was most likely on bath salts. They said Trent walked through a back door and made himself comfortable.

"The candle was lit on the coffee table, the television was on and very loud, and the candle on the kitchen table was lit," Henderson said.

He also did some Christmas decorating, police said.

Henderson said the man tried his best to be polite to her 11-year-old son.

"He had said to him, 'I'm sorry. I didn't mean to scare you. I'll get my things and go,'" Henderson said.

According to police, Trent has a history of drug charges. He is now charged with burglary, they said.

Trent is being held in the Montgomery County Jail