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New Jersey resident who broke into Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island home busted for doing ‘donuts’ at Trump National Golf Course

2019-09-11

A 26-year-old New Jersey resident accused of breaking into Taylor Swift’s home in Rhode Island last month has been busted for “doing donuts” at Trump National Golf Course and causing $20,000 damage with his vehicle.

Richard McEwan was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with criminal mischief in connection with two incidents that took place at the Bedminster, N.J., golf club.

An employee reported seeing odd behavior on the 11th hole of the course on Sept. 3, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

“The employee stated he was standing on the fairway when he heard loud music playing, turned and observed a Ford sedan occupied by one person doing ‘donuts’ on top of the 11th hole,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.

Five days later a driver was seen again doing “donuts,” this time on the green of the 13th hole, according to authorities. A witness told police that the Ford compact was driven by a “younger white male.”

Investigators were soon able to connect the vehicle to McEwan, a Milford, N.J., resident. He was apprehended “without incident” at his home and was later released, pending a future court date.

Tuesday’s arrest comes 11 days after authorities say McEwan broke into Swift’s mansion in Westerly, R.I., and took off his shoes.

“I just asked him, why did you take your shoes off,” Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey told the Daily News last week. “He says, ‘my parents always said, you go in someone else’s house, you take your shoes off.' It was very bizarre, odd behavior.”