Man arrested after breaking into Taylor Swift’s home and taking off shoes, police say

The assailant was caught barefoot, claiming he took his shoes off "to be polite"

A New Jersey man was recently arrested after he was caught breaking and entering Taylor Swift’s house in Rhode Island.

According to the local police, the trespasser was caught barefoot, as he removed his shoes to be “polite” before entering the pop star’s home.

Last Friday (September 30), Westerly authorities were alerted of a break-in at Swift’s million-dollar beach home, where they discovered 26-year-old Richard Joseph McEwan. He had jumped over a fence and broken a glass door, which triggered the motion-activated burglar alarm, The Westerly Sun reported. 


When the police arrived, McEwan ran inside Swift’s house but was caught after a brief chase. “A pair of orange shoes were found at the doorway where he broke in,” Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey told the news outlet. “When officers asked him why he wasn’t wearing any, he told them, ‘I was always taught that when you go into someone’s home, you have to take your shoes off.’” 

“[McEwan] said he did it because it was polite,” Lacey said. He also added that no one was home when the incident occurred. 

McEwan was charged with breaking and entering and wilful trespassing. He was later released on a $5,000 surety bond and is due in court for a felony screening. 

The pop star has long suffered from a number of stalkers, with one arrested outside her home in 2018  and another sentenced to 10 years probation. A third, who reportedly entered her apartment building in New York City, was deemed psychologically unfit to stand trial.

Meanwhile, Swift has been busy promoting her latest album ‘Lover’, which dropped last month. The record racked up the biggest first-week sales of the year so far. In a four-star review of the album, NME said: “On her seventh album, the pop mega-force leaves behind the anger that fuelled its predecessor, ‘Reputation’, instead opting for open-hearted love songs.”