Monday, December 29, 2008
Attic Bandit Stanley Carter, Arrested As He Exits Stacy Ferrance's Attic, Warrants Sympathy
You might not like what I have to say about Stanley Carter, an alleged burglar and an alleged thief... but times are hard. Carter should be offered a favorable plea agreement and real help. Keep in mind, Carter stayed in the attic in the Ferrance family duplex without them realizing that he had been in there for days. As for breaking and entering, he really did no such thing. He had been staying with friends in the attached duplex until they had apparently kicked him out. Rather then leave with no place to go, he entered the common attic thorough a trap door in the duplex. Carter, 21 years old, stayed in the attic and was using it as a temporary residence. Apparently when the family was gone, he would enter the Ferrance duplex through a trap door in the closet from the common attic. Stanley then would borrow clothing, food, an ipod and perhaps some money. Interestingly enough, he made a list of everything that he took and one might suspect, he probably was going to try to pay it all back once he was back on his feet. But of course, this never happened because Stanley Carter was apprehended by police after a dog search led to the uninvited visitor in the attic. Carter was charged with several counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.
According to Stacy Ferrance, the home owner, "When he came down from the attic, he was wearing my daughter's pants and my sweat shirt and sneakers." This is hardly the description of a hardened criminal. Police said the Friends reported Carter missing on Dec. 19. They even filed a missing person report a few days before Christmas. Ferrences laptop computer and iPod have apparently been returned. Carter is now temporarily residing in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. His preliminary hearing set for Jan. 5. If the Christmas spirit still exists, perhaps the victim can find it in her heart to ask the prosecutor to go easy on this young man and help him get the help that he apparently needs. I suspect that the Holiday spirit of Stacy Ferrance and the possibility for movie rights, makes this a real possibility.