PANAMA CITY, Florida (May 7, 2018) — This is pretty weird, even for Florida.
A creepy stalker who kept a stash of 90 pounds of women’s underwear has been convicted of repeatedly breaking into his neighbor’s home and leaving pairs of panties with notes saying he hoped he’d see her wearing them.
Isitro Lee Sanches, who was known around his neighborhood as Santa Claus because of his white, flowing beard, was arrested last year after the woman’s boyfriend caught him snooping in the kitchen of her home.
The woman who was the object of his obsession testified that she lost count of how many pairs of panties she found on her porch, in her car and even on her bed with disturbing notes suggesting the weirdo responsible was watching her, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported.
“It got to the point it happened several times a day,” she said. “I was just gathering the notes and the panties so I could report them later. It got too much. I work two jobs.”
The woman eventually moved because the harassment grew too unnerving.
The 59-year-old Sanches was eventually caught when the woman’s boyfriend caught him in her kitchen. When deputies searched Sanches’ home, they found three 30-pound bags of women’s underwear.
It’s not clear if there were other victims.
“He was just my neighbor — we waved a couple times,” the woman said. “I felt violated and scared — scared for my children.”
Sanches was convicted of three counts of burglary and one count of aggravated stalking. He faces up to 40 years in prison.