Jerome Kennedy began hearing creaking noises and odd sounds coming from his attic after the birth of his daughter. At first, he thought nothing of it. But when he saw a light shining through a vent, he knew there was a problem.
The Pittsburgh father found out the eerie truth about what was going on inside his home when he set up a surveillance camera in his attic.
The surveillance footage captured a man sneaking around above his family, according to KDKA.Screenshot/KDKA
Kennedy claims the man on the footage wasn’t a stranger — it was his neighbor, Robert Havrilla, who lived right next door to them.
The 69-year-old man can be seen crawling around the family’s attic in the dark, carrying a drill and a light.Screenshot/KDKA
Kennedy explained what is seen in the footage:
“It shows him removing a false wall that he engineered, climbing onto my ceiling, above my baby’s crib, and he lies on some planks that he put there, in my ceiling.”
In the video, the man can be seen lying above the 10-month-old baby’s crib and the parents’ bed. He stays there for close to 30 minutes, appearing to drill a hole close to the vent before leaving and returning to his own home.
The father believes there can be only one reason why his neighbor was creeping around inside his attic at night:
“The only thing I can assume is he’s watching my baby, my wife, or myself.”
Kennedy told KDKA he never gave Havrilla permission to enter his attic, adding:
“He was actually warned two days earlier to stay out of there.”
Prior to installing the surveillance camera, the father had also noticed strange drill holes popping up on the common wall the neighbor’s share, which Havrilla blamed on construction.Screenshot/KDKA
The neighbor denied it was him on the video, claiming he would not be able to get in the attic without a ladder.
Havrilla’s attorney, Anthony Jackson, said:
“I think it will come out soon that he did not have a malicious intent at all. I think it was an innocent situation that is getting drug out a little further than it should, but that will come out soon.”
As the New York Post reports, Havrilla was charged with burglary, stalking, and criminal trespassing.
He waived his right to a preliminary hearing at his first court appearance, where his lawyer got a luring charge dropped. The man’s formal arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 3.