Man breaks into Macomb Township home to eat family's food, pass out drunk in basement

Robert Bauman says he knows family

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Macomb Township family got quite a scare Sunday when they returned home to find a man had gotten into their home, eaten their food and fallen asleep in their basement.

The man got into the home in a subdivision near 21 Mile and Romeo Plank roads.

"So he came here hungry," the homeowner said.

She said she's still shaking from what happened around 4 a.m. Sunday.

"I'm scared," she said. "I'm scared to walk outside my home."

Her son and ex-husband were inside the home sleeping, but the garage was torn apart and there was a trail of food leading to the basement.

The woman said she rarely goes out, but she took her father to a casino overnight Saturday. When she got home and opened the garage door, there was a cellphone on the floor and grilling utensils with food printed on the package ripped open.

"He took pepperoni out of the thing, chips, cheese sticks...from the kitchen," she said.

Even though her teenage son, ex-husband and two dogs were home, nobody heard a thing. The man found in her home could have been inside for hours.

She called 911 and dispatchers ordered everyone to get out of the home.

"It was one cop car after another cop car and an ambulance came within minutes," she said.

Security camera video shows deputies looking for burglars around the cul de sac, but they found Robert Bauman passed out on the basement floor drunk.

Bauman, 33, of West Bloomfield, didn't have a car.

Police are asking where he came from and how he got into the home. All the doors were locked.

Bauman insisted that he knows the family at the home, but neighbors are skeptical of that story.

"I think he's going to have a hard time proving it to a judge," said Jim Zabker, of the Homeowner's Association.

"Had I been home that day and seen him, I'd have gave the kid food," the woman said.

Bauman has been arraigned on one count of breaking and entering. He has a long criminal history that includes drug offenses and destruction of property offenses.

Officials are still investigating how Bauman got to the home and how he got inside.

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