Waterville man charged with burglary after allegedly entering woman’s house

Posted Aug. 13, 2013, at 3:02 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Waterville man is facing multiple charges, including burglary, after he entered a woman’s home early Friday morning, according to police.

The homeowner had called 911 when she woke up and saw Edwell Gethers, 34, standing in her bedroom wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and covered in soap, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

As the woman attempted to call police, Gethers grabbed the phone out of her hand, pulled the battery out of it and tossed it away, Rumsey said. Waterville police did respond, however, as they respond to all 911 hangup calls.

Shortly after tossing the woman’s phone, Gethers put his shirt on, went downstairs and left the house through a window, the deputy chief said.

Police also learned that Gethers had emptied kitchen condiments on the floor and lathered himself with soap in the woman’s bathroom, Rumsey said.

Gethers was eventually located on Main Street a short distance from the home, Rumsey said, and placed under arrest.

He is facing charges of burglary, criminal mischief and obstructing the report of a crime, Rumsey said. He was brought to Kennebec County Jail, where bail was set at $1,000. Gethers’ court date is Oct. 14.

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