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Bloomington man breaks into apartment next door, says he wants to live there

A 60-year-old Bloomington man was arrested Tuesday for breaking into an apartment adjacent to his residence on East University Street, Bloomington Police Department Lt. John Kovach said.

Richard Vance, who lives in apartment two, told police he broke into apartment one because he had a water leak.

He told police his apartment flooded three weeks ago, and management had not fixed it. He knew apartment one was vacant and wanted to live there instead.

He switched the numbers on the doors, Kovach said.

Police found Vance in apartment two. They saw the back window of apartment one busted and the doors to both apartments open.

An employee told police management previously contacted Vance about moving into another apartment. The employee said a student moved out of apartment one but was still on the lease.

Police took Vance to the hospital after he threatened to harm himself. He told police he has a mental illness.

Vance was arrested on preliminary charges of criminal mischief and residential entry.

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