Police: Stranger goes into Boulder home, plays guitar on couch in middle of night

Richard Sheppard (Photo: Boulder Police Department)

BOULDER, Colo. — A man has been arrested after a couple found him playing his guitar in the middle of their living room, the Boulder Police Department said Tuesday.

Richard Neil Sheppard, 28, arrested for second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal trespass on Sunday, police said.

The incident happened in 1500 block of Pine Street at 2:30 a.m. Sunday when a couple heard a “thump” and their dog begin to growl.

The couple walked downstairs to find Sheppard playing a guitar on their couch.

According to an arrest affidavit, the homeowner came downstairs and said “Hello” to the intruder.

Sheppard responded with “I live across the street.” He then handed over the guitar, said “Sorry,” and left, according to the affidavit.

The homeowner said Sheppard did not appear to be drunk or on any substances.

Officers located a man matching the description near 17th and Spruce streets,, and the residents identified the suspect.

The residents told police that nothing was stolen or damaged in their home, which was unlocked at the time.

However, police did find a tube of pink lipstick on Sheppard that the residents said appears to have been stolen from their vehicle, which also was unlocked.

Sheppard denied going into a stranger’s house, and told police that he was drinking earlier that night and was trying to make his way back to his van on the east campus of the University of Colorado.