Ronald Reagan once joked that “one picture is worth a thousand denials.”
Well a man wearing a mask with the former U.S. president’s likeness – and little else – had to issue some strong denials after he was caught on camera creeping through the backyard of reality TV star Danielle Yancey.
Yancey, star of Bravo TV’s Jersey Belle, was at her Vestavia Hills, Alabama home on New Year’s Eve with her husband Bart when they noticed something moving on their back patio.
That’s when they saw the unknown man, adorned in nothing but a sock on his genitals and a mask of the 40th U.S. president.
“The reason the nude boy ducked down and ran is because he saw my husband walking by the window. My husband saw him and immediately tried to go out to catch him,” Yancey wrote on her Facebook page, where she also posted photos and videos of the masked man.
Yancey and her husband would learn the masked man’s motives during a second visit to their home – this time, to apologize.
“He said it was just a prank and was not intentionally done to us,” Yancey wrote. “He said that a group of guys did this together and he was the one that actually came up to our entry way to our back door and the others were in a couple of vehicles. The other guys were not seen on camera but they were a part of this.”
Vestavia Hills police Lt. Kevin York told AL.com that police received another call around 11 p.m. about a streaker in a nearby neighborhood, meaning Yancey’s home was likely nothing more than a target of opportunity for the pranksters.
“The guy that confessed and apologized did the right thing by doing so. It should have been the whole group of guys though in my opinion because I am sure they were all in on it together. I hope that a lesson was learned just for their safety. Bart and I are putting this behind us now.”