A Washington man is facing felony charges after a homeowner said he broke into her home and stole her underwear.
Cody R. Hassler, 34, was charged Wednesday, Dec. 27, in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with one felony count of first-degree burglary, one felony count of first-degree stalking and a misdemeanor count of stealing items valued at less than $150.
According to Washington police, the charges stem from an incident Monday, Oct. 9. Officers were called to the 200 block of Johnson Street where a woman reported someone had been in her home.
The woman told police someone was heard running out of the home through the basement door. The woman was asleep, but was awakened by her daughter after the teenager heard footsteps in the kitchen area of the home.
After talking with the women, police found a pair of underwear in the living room. The women said the underwear was in the basement laundry room and police believed it was dropped by the intruder as he fled the home.
During further investigation, police interviewed Hassler. According to police, Hassler admitted to entering the home without permission through an unlocked basement door.
Police said Hassler also admitted the underwear found in the living room was a pair he had taken from the basement.
According to police, Hassler said he had looked into the window of the home on multiple occasions to watch the residents in their bedrooms. He told police the night he entered the basement he “went too far” and said he had an “underwear fetish.”
Online court documents list Hassler’s address as also being in the 200 block of Johnson Street. Police said anyone in that general area who believes they may be a victim of a similar crime should contact detectives at 636-390-1050.
The warrant for Hassler’s arrest lists a $75,000 cash-only bond.