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Trespasser Caught Masturbating

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EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene police arrested a man who allegedly spent months harassing his south Eugene neighbors without most of them knowing.

Antone Owens is accused of breaking into houses and using his neighbors’ computers to surf porn.

Detectives say Owens broke into his neighbors’ houses while they were gone during the day.

Then the 21-year-old would allegedly log onto their computers, use their Internet to surf porn, and masturbate, occasionally leaving only a used towel behind.

Detectives say Owens’ victims all lived within five blocks of his home, on Van Buren Street in south Eugene.

He allegedly left the scenes before homeowners returned.

But would leave traces, like towels and lubricant, which prompted neighbors to call police.

Investigators used DNA on the towels to identify Owens.

He allegedly told police he never wanted to hurt anyone, he just liked using strangers’ computers more than his own.

“He told us that he has had a pornography problem since high school. He said in high school he was able to kick the habit, but since then in the last couple years he has jumped right back into it. He states that he gets more of an adrenaline rush from going into someone else’s house,” said Sgt. Mitch Martin.

While Owens says he never intended to get caught in the act, some victims say they found Owens on their computers.

In one instance, a woman allegedly found him standing outside her sliding glass door.

He broke back in, came at her, and threatened her.

She said she was able to call police. And when Owens heard the sirens, he grabbed his Vaseline and ran.

Owens faces burglary, menacing and coercion charges.

Police say there could be more instances they don’t know about. So if you live near that neighborhood and found any suspicious computer activity or signs of a break in, call Eugene police.

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