A Westborough man allegedly broke into his neighbor's home while they were away for one night last week, and left glass, water and blood everywhere, Westborough Police said Thursday.
Michael D. Turpin, 44, of 1 Gale Meadow Way, allegedly left "bloody footprints" from his property, through 3 Gale Meadow Way and to 5 Gale Meadow Way, where the break-in occurred last Friday, Sept. 6, police said in a press release.
Police discovered the footprints after responding to a 9-1-1 call from Turpin's home at about 1:52 a.m. requesting an ambulance for Turpin, "who was bleeding from his feet," police said.
Officer Caleb Polseno followed the footprints and found that there was a break-in.
"Officers found that a large fish tank had been smashed and numerous doors, windows and mirrors had been smashed with a hammer," police said.
"The water had been turned in in a sink and the bathtub. Towels had been placed in the bathtub in an effort to flood the room. Large amounts of blood were observed on the floors throughout the house.
"Officers located a hammer in the bushes outside the front of the house."
Police estimated the damage at several thousand dollars.
Turpin was "bleeding profusely from lacerations to both his feet" when paramedics found him near his pool, police said.
"He was unable to explain how he received the injuries," police said.
Westborough Fire paramedics took Turpin to the UMass Medical Center for treatment.
Westborough Police detectives interviewed Turpin at the hospital and charged him with unarmed burglary, and malicious destruction of property, police said.
Police Chief Alan Gordon told Westborough Patch that "definitely alcohol was involved" in the incident.
Turpin faces arraignment Sept. 19 in Westborough District Court.