He says it wasn’t the apartment he thought it was, according to Fairfax County police, and now he’s in jail.
He is 41-year-old Selwyn Bridgeman and police say he’s a member of the town council in Bladensburg, Maryland.
As detectives tell the story, Bridgeman claimed he was trying to contact a friend who lives in an apartment in the 12200 block of Pender Creek Circle in Fair Oaks back in January. When the friend didn’t answer the front door Bridgeman entered the apartment through another, unlocked, door. Inside the apartment he was confronted by a barking dog and the people who lived there. They called police. It was then that Bridgeman told officrs he was in the wrong place and he was allowed to leave.
Detectives say the next day the apartment owners realized some money was missing.
Bridgeman was arrested on Saturday in Prince George’s County and is currently being held at the Department of Corrections awaiting extradition to Fairfax County. There’s nothing in the report from Fairfax County police to explain why it took nearly five month to arrest Bridgeman.
Editor’s note: A photo in earlier versions of this story was incorrectly identified as Bridgeman. We regret the error.