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Police: Man Arrested for Squatting in Vacationing Stranger's House

Police say the man admitted to smoking crack.

A Phoenixville man was arrested on Tuesday after police say he was living in the home of a vacationing Franklin Avenue woman, smoking crack and driving her car, all without her knowledge.

Jesse Ford-Bey, 58, was charged with two counts of criminal trespassing, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and a count each of theft by unlawful taking, burglary, receiving stolen property, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

According to court documents, Phoenixville Police were called to Franklin Avenue on October 30 at 1:27 p.m. by a woman who claimed that a man was living inside the home of her vacationing neighbors. She told police she had seen Ford-Bey in the house when she went to check on it.

Police called the home owner, who confirmed that she had given no one permission to live in her home or drive her car.

That afternoon, officers apprehended Ford-Bey on High Street and Marshall Street. During the subsequent search, police found a pipe and a small plastic baggie on his person.

Ford-Bey confessed to living in the house, driving the vehicle, and smoking crack. He faces preliminary hearing on November 8.

Ike November 01, 2012 at 07:10 PM
HE REALLY IS A GOOD GUY , JUST HAS SOME PROBLEMS LATELY
. November 01, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Yeah, just like you.... Now pick up those chicken bones off the street before Barry back slaps you again!
Michael Hill November 01, 2012 at 10:03 PM
This is not Jesses' first offense. The man has stolen from empty building all around the north side. He hangs with drug dealers. He is constantly high or drunk. This has been going on for years, it is not a recent thing. I hope the judge looks at his long record and throws the key away. It's exactly this kind of man that gives the North side a bad name.
Ike November 02, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Hey Dick ,,,... Head out of Mayor Leos town.......Boy that would be the day that boy slap me .. Where do you get thid crap ..... With the rest of your crap.. I told you to think before you post , boy........ Now go vote ,, hope Obamama wins , so you can keep living off of me and the rest of the tax payers ..... O ,, Dick , boy does that name fit you.
Tim Keenan November 02, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Pville be real.
PhxFinest! November 03, 2012 at 12:15 PM
He has mental issues. He needs help not to b locked away !
Michael Hill November 03, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I think you have the wrong Jesse. This article is not about the very thin man who jumps rope all over the town.
The Ville November 03, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Yes, Two different guys.
The Ville November 03, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Yes, Two different guys!
Ike November 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Jesses has lived all his life in Phoenixville.As most of you know.And if you didnt ,WELL YOU REALLY DONT KNOW WHATS UP!. Sometimes , some fall on hard times or get an illness, he helped make what over the hill is today. Dont judge , for thoe who do are mot likely the ones ho will BURN at the end of their days. Sinners and saints,, are not P.C.
Tony Riley-Hill November 03, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Ike-regardless if someone falls on hard times, you don't break into someone's house and do crack and steal their car. Your stupidity is like no other. To the point, you are a complete asshole who should just do us a favor and step in front of a bus. ASSHOLE. Did I spell that right? A dumb turd asshole.
Ike November 04, 2012 at 01:18 AM
The vulgarity of this remark, and most of you and your brother REMARKS , calls for a ban on YALL! SUCH language, OH MY.
Sharon November 04, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Woah - slow down here. Regardless of whether this is the same jump-roping guy or not, or whether he has fallen on hard times, his Mom didn't breastfeed him, or he is a victim of "the system", he still broke into and lived in someone elses home. Not OK by any standards.
The Ville November 04, 2012 at 12:11 PM
He broke into a known "crack house" because his dealer was out of town on vacation!
PhxFinest! November 04, 2012 at 02:19 PM
oh my bad ....i got the two mixed up. If it was a crackhouse then who cares! Stop messing with drugs and you wont be having ppl break in to ur home!!
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, November 04, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Who said it was a crack house? all it said was he was smoking crack,,,but i have to wonder if the owner truly did not know he was there, how did he get the car keys? SMH at this story,,,

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