Caretaker ‘breaks into woman’s flat, sniffs her knickers and then steals them’

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Apartment caretaker, José Cedillo, 32, was caught on camera allegedly taking a whiff of what appeared to be resident’s lingerie. This caretaker was apparently more interested in smelling residents’ underwear rather than looking after their properties.

Ashley Chase, 26, set up an iPhone app to automatically record her Manhattan, New York, flat after she became suspicious when her purple bra went missing. It seemed she finally got an answer to the mystery when the video allegedly showed Cedillio in her home on September 4.

. ‘He saw me leave, he saw me with my bag, and he knew I was heading out,’ Ms Chase said ‘I don’t want to think what he was doing, but everyone has theories – and I’m sure not good.

You won’t be surprised to hear she called the police when she saw the footage and according to documents Cedillo said the following after being arrested: ‘I went in today to look around. I took a pair of panties. I left, I went downstairs, I sniffed them, and I threw them in the garbage.’

He has been released on a $50,000 (£33,000) bond but so far has chosen not to comment. He was initially detained for petit larceny and burglary as a sexually motivated felony.