‘It was really, really strange’

‘It was really, really strange’

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Did a three-year-old local boy capture an intruder?

It’s the blurry photograph that has the community at odds – the supernatural or something more sinister? 

On the morning of May 5, mother-of-three Jaz Butters dropped her children off at their grandmother’s new rental property on Church Avenue in Armadale. 

The visit was just like any other morning with the trio’s grandmother Marion – or so they thought. 

It wasn’t until Marion was sorting through the hundreds of blurry photographs three-year-old Oden had taken on her iPad days later that she noticed something that sent a shiver down her spine.

Among the dozens of photographs of the ceiling and the living room were two blurry images of a tall, dark figure standing in the hallway wearing a hooded jumper. 

Immediately, Marion sent them to Miss Butters who said she couldn’t believe her eyes. 

“It’s a bit of a random situation – really, really strange,” she said. 

“I’m still on the fence about this one. It’s honestly the strangest thing.

“My children aren’t tall enough to be the figure in the photo. 

“I’m sure the Armadale criminals are getting more brazen now, but mum and I just can’t see it happening. 

“Mum and I are almost certain that my child would have yelled and screamed if it was an intruder and not someone he’s used to seeing. 

“If someone had been inside, my mother’s Great Dane would have gone berserk, too.” 

It wouldn’t be the first time Marion had been visited by an intruder, but she remains adamant no one was in the house. 

Miss Butters confirmed there were no signs of forced entry and no possessions had been stolen – contributing to her doubts about whether her son had in fact captured an intruder. 

Despite her doubts, Miss Butters told her mother she was tempted to file a police report, install CCTV cameras and buy pepper spray – just in case.