Posted on Sep. 30, 2015

    This Guy Broke Into A House And Showered, Did Chores, And Wrote An Amazing Diary Entry

    "He was trying to be neighbourly."

    A man on a cross-country trek received one-year probation after breaking into a home north of Kamloops, British Columbia, and having the time of his life.

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    The 33-year-old Nova Scotian, Christopher Hiscock, broke into a ranch in the small community of Little Fort last week and made himself comfortable. The homeowners returned late one night to find a stranger who had basically moved in.

    According to the Canadian Press, the owners found him lounging around like he owned the damn place.

    "She found the accused in her home watching TV," Crown lawyer Mike Wong said.

    Hiscock had also used their toothbrushes, done laundry, fed the livestock, and even written in a diary he found at the house about his new life.

    Actual diary entry:

    Today was my first full day at the ranch. I fed the cats and horses. So much I can do here I have to remind myself to just relax and take my time.

    I don't feel alone here, I guess with 2 cats and 3 horses it's kinda hard to be alone. Last night I had a fire in the house. It was so (peaceful). I slept like a little baby.

    I saw a picture in the basement on the wall of a man holding and weighing fish on a boat. Looking at him I realized we look a lot alike, but I think I'm more handsome.

    Police arrested Hiscock, and he later pleaded guilty to two charges, including being unlawfully in a dwelling house.

    Hiscock had set out from Nova Scotia in early September in hope of finding work in British Columbia. He ran out of money in Ontario and stole a truck in Sault Ste. Marie to make the rest of his journey. He broke into the ranch out of desperation, his lawyer said.

    "He was hungry and he needed a roof over his head at the time," Sheldon Tate told BuzzFeed Canada.

    Tate said his client knew the house was occupied when he broke in, "which is why he put out hay for the horses, fed the pigs, he did some chores around the house."

    "He was trying to be neighbourly, even though it wasn’t something he had permission to do," Tate said.

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    Hiscock had no previous criminal record, and he was "trying to better himself" by moving west and looking for work in the oil industry.

    "He just unfortunately fell prey to the fact that Canada is 3,000 miles from Nova Scotia to here," Tate said. "His funds simply didn’t hold out and he was having to make choices and he didn’t make the right ones necessarily. As far as bad choices are concerned, he could have done a lot worse.”

    BuzzFeed Canada has reached out to the British Columbia Crown counsel office for comment.

    Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

    Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

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