Benjamin Dahm was arrested Monday evening after reportedly breaking into a family’s Old Lyme, Connecticut, home. The 31-year-old man had attempted to claim the home as his own before police took him into custody from the second-floor bathroom.
According to reports, Dahm, who lives in Ledyard, broke into a family house on Meetinghouse Lane and was walking around shirtless when a 16-year-old boy came home. The boy, who was not identified by police, saw Benjamin Dahm walking around his house in nothing but shorts. He was allegedly making himself at home, though it wasn’t clear exactly what he was doing.
The boy had also noticed Dahm’s car in the garage. The car had no license plates. Dahm had reportedly locked the front door, though it wasn’t clear if the 16-year-old boy had a key. While investigating the scene, Benjamin Dahm noticed the 16-year-old boy outside before opening a nearby window to address him.
“This isn’t your house anymore,” Dahm screamed to the frightened teen. The suspect then slammed the window and began blasting loud music. Shortly after the initial confrontation, a landscaper arrived on the scene for his scheduled work on the property. When he realized that there had been a bizarre break-in, he contacted the police.
At the same time, the 16-year-old boy was speaking with his mother about the strange incident, explaining to her what happened. When Connecticut state troopers arrived on the scene, they had a hard time getting Benjamin Dahm’s attention. The suspect was inside the home and music was blaring too loud for officers to scream.
Eventually an officer made eye contact with Dahm, though he dismissed any attempt to get him to leave. The state troopers along with a k-9 were forced to enter through a storm hatch leading into the basement. Benjamin Dahm told troopers that the house was his and that he lived there with his girlfriend. He reportedly downplayed the situation.
“I live here with my girlfriend, there shouldn’t be any problems, she will be home shortly,” Dahm explained as officers held him at gunpoint. He continued to ignore all commands before police finally arrested him in a second-floor bathroom. Dahm did not resist arrest, according to police.
Benjamin Dahm has six active criminal and motor vehicle cases against him in the state of Connecticut. All charges were filed from April through July of this year, a local newspaper reported. The charges include disorderly conduct and violating conditions of his release. The suspect was taken into custody Monday night and has remained in jail as of Wednesday afternoon.
Department of Corrections records did not show whether he hired legal representation. He has since been charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and interfering with an officer. His bond was set at $50,000, though reports have not confirmed whether or not he placed bail.
According to The Courant, Benjamin Dahm did not leave behind any visible damage from his time in the house. Authorities have not identified a motive in the bizarre break-in or whether Dahm had suffered a mental break.
It was reported that he and his girlfriend live 20 miles away from the Old Lyme home in an apartment in Gales Ferry. It wasn’t clear as of Wednesday afternoon whether he actually thought it was his home. It has not been reported whether Dahm will be receiving a psychiatric exam.
Police claimed that no items were stolen from the house. Reports say that the vehicle that he parked in the family’s garage, later identified as a Jeep Cherokee, was towed earlier this week.