NEWFANE – A man found inside the warehouse of the town Highway Department on Monday afternoon claimed to live inside the facility, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies reported.

Shortly before 4:30 p.m., an employee spotted a garage door open at the McKee Street facility and saw a man inside. Upon confronting the individual, he asked that the deputies not be called, saying he lived inside the building. He then disappeared through another door, prior to the arrival of police.

Deputies said the man may have used a “hidden key” to gain entry to the structure and that he had smoked some cigarettes and left a dessert roll on the seat of a town truck. The cigarette butts and food item were taken to be tested for DNA and fingerprints, deputies said. Nothing else appeared to have been disturbed inside the building.