Chilling mystery of Cape Intruder who broke into homes to watch strangers sleep

With its top schools and picturesque lighthouses, Cape Elizabeth is a desirable place to live.

But for a brief period, residents in the idyllic town on the coast of Maine, US, were rattled.

In 2005, a young man started sneaking into people's homes and watching them sleep. Nothing was ever broken or stolen and no one was ever attacked or even touched – at least not to their knowledge.

Some victims even described waking to find the man chillingly standing over them, but on each occasion he fled the scene before they could reach him, or merely get a good look at him.

The man, dubbed the 'Cape Intruder', was never caught.

It left the community living in fear and, presumably, sleeping with one eye open.

A police sketch of the suspect depicting a man in his early 20s was published in the local media.

The Cape Elizabeth Police Department received several calls from people who thought they knew who the man was.

Two people even named the same person, but after a spate of intrusions in August, December and February the incidents stopped.

When the intruder was active, a neighbourhood watch group was set up in Mitchell Road, where homes had been targeted.

Notes from a meeting of the group said: "The group has sprung up after concerns arose that an intruder was repeatedly entering homes in the neighbourhood and watching people while they slept.

"No one was harmed, nothing was taken, and the intruder fled as soon as the residents awoke, according to police."

Police Captain Brent Sinclair, who attended the meeting, said they had received "a lot of calls," including about 10 from people suggesting names of people they wanted officers to check out.

He added: "Of the 10 calls, two named the same person. Everybody seems to think it looks like somebody they know or have seen. Police are following up on those leads now."

Mark Dorval, a community liaison officer, said: "The more eyes and ears out there the merrier."

Thankfully, the incidents suddenly stopped, meaning the Cape Intruder could still be out there.

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