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Victim of Oxford underwear thief describes "personal attack"

By Janice Broach - bio | email

OXFORD, MS (WMC-TV) - The man known as the Oxford panty bandit terrorized women in the Mississippi college town over the summer and into the fall.

Police recently arrested Joseph Lillo, a mill worker, and charged him with the crimes.

"It was not a joke," said one of Lillo's victims, who asked not to be named.

Lillo is accused of breaking into the homes of 11 women and stealing their underwear.

"Terror," said the victim.  "It was a feeling of personal invasion, personal attack.  The way my house had been flipped upside down, completely ransacked."

The victim said Lillo took all of her underwear out of her drawers.  He then went into the laundry room and took it out of the dryer.

"My dresser drawers had been pulled out and thrown into my hallway," she said.

She said Lillo put her dog in the backyard and left a calling card.

"We found one of my bras hanging on the door knob," she said.

She said the intruder also took several photos and came back the following day to take more photos.

"It was very frightening," she said.  "I went home for a week."

The intruder also broke into another nearby home.

"She was about 38 years old.  She had a nine-year-old and a 17-year-old daughter," said neighbor Jon Lewis of the other victim.  "He broke in, kicked in the back door.  Stole the clean panties and the dirty panties and all the clean swimsuits."

Lewis said that family moved away permanently.

Police believe Lillo may have followed or watched his victims to make sure no one was home.  He was caught when a neighbor got a license plate number.

A Lafayette County grand jury indicted Lillo last week.

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