Cornelius Smith is being charged with aggravated burglary and vandalism stemming from an incident on Nov. 18. Smith, of Chattanooga, Tenn., stole all of his ex-girlfriend's undergarments, as well as her TV and DVD player.
According to the Chattanoogan.com, Melanie Vincente, Smith's ex-girlfriend, returned from a friend's house with her son and found her ex inside her home. Vincente stated that Smith ran toward her, and she escaped her house holding her son. Yelling for help, Vincente ran into a neighbor's home while Smith was still in pursuit. Smith yelled for her to come out, and when she failed to, he proceeded to break the front and rear windshields of her car. The underwear thief also slashed her tires.
When Vincente returned home she found her house ransacked and items missing.
Smith joins plenty of other underwear thieves. In 2009, Bradley Segert of Evansville, Ind., was arrested at an apartment complex for stealing women's panties. Inside the apartment complex's laundry room, Segert had a dryer full of stolen women's panties. He was caught after a woman reported her panties missing from a washer.
In January 2011, a 21-year-old Minnesota man, Keith John Savinelli, was arrested for breaking into a woman's home and stealing her underwear. The woman caught Savinelli holding a bag of her underwear.
On Jan. 30, 2012, Kornwell Chan of Pennsylvania was arrested after he broke into a woman's home and stole her underwear. Chan was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, stalking and related offenses. On the same day, police arrested a 48-year-old man in Thailand that had stolen 11,000 pairs of panties. The thief told police he had been stealing and collecting women's underwear since he was 18 years old.