HARTLY, Del. — A man who broke into a Delaware house and was held at gunpoint says he only broke in to get out of the rain.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports 28-year-old Jeffrey Smith was charged Sunday with second-degree burglary and criminal mischief.

Court documents say a 29-year-old woman woke up just before 6 a.m. on Sunday and noticed someone moving about her living room. They say she then woke her 33-year-old boyfriend who grabbed his Glock 26 and confronted Smith. Smith then said he broke in to escape the rain.

It was a rainy Sunday morning, but court documents say the woman also saw Smith moving in circles and checking out a living room TV.

Court documents say the homeowners didn’t know Smith, who was wanted for six unrelated active warrants.

Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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