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A man is now facing charges, accused of squatting in a Maryville law office for months.

Police say a worker at the Costner and Greene Law Office on High Street called 911 Saturday night because she thought someone was in the building. She found coffee creamer on the floor and smelled cigarette smoke.

Police searched the building and found 47-year-old Michael Anthony Benjamin hiding behind a door. Officers say Benjamin is homeless and had been breaking into the building at night since October.

Benjamin says he got into the building by picking a deadbolt lock with a paperclip. Police say all the windows and doors of the building were secure and there were no signs of forced entry.

Police say Benjamin told them he used the internet and cooked in the kitchen. He is also accused of stealing $1,000 from the firm.

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