Police: Intruder in underwear says prison is his 'retirement plan'

Police: Intruder in underwear says prison is his 'retirement plan'
Lennie Joe Fadness

NEWPORT, Ore. - An intruder wearing only his underwear after disrobing and showering in a stranger's home Friday told police that being sent to prison was his "retirement plan," Newport Police said.

The homeowner called police just after 9 p.m. to report a burglary in progress.

More specifically, the TV was on; there was a large pile of clothes on the floor; and it appeared the intruder had showered and used the homeowner's bed.

Newport Police Officers arrived and searched the residence. They said it appeared the burglar was startled by the homeowner’s arrival home from work and had fled the scene through a back door.

Officers located the suspect’s clothing, wallet and several pieces of paperwork that identified him as Lennie Joe Fadness, 52, a transient from the Newport area.

Officers searched the surrounding area, tracking Fadness to the beach, where his tracks disappeared.

At about 11:20 p.m., while officers were still processing the burglary scene, the homeowner’s dog began barking aggressively.

Officers discovered Fadness near the residence, clad only in his underwear.
Fadness told officers he had gotten cold and returned to the residence because he didn’t have any clothing.

Fadness told officers he had entered the victim’s home because his “retirement plan” was to get sent to prison.

Officers arrested Fadness on charges of Buglary 1st Degree; Criminal Trespass 1st Degree; Theft 3rd Degree; and Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree.

His bail was set at $130,000.