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article imageWoman breaks in and cleans house, leaves $75 bill

By Leigh Goessl     May 31, 2012 in Odd News
Westlake - An Ohio family was stunned to learn that someone broke into their home, not to steal anything, but to clean it. Not only was parts of their house tidied, but the intruder left a $75 cleaning bill.
According KSDK News (via WKYC), Sherry Bush came home after being away for a week. Her husband and daughter stayed behind.
The homeowner learned that in her absence an individual broke into her home and did some tidying up, including vacuuming, dishes, and taking out the trash. All while her daughter was upstairs asleep.
"She wrote a note on a napkin and left it on the table, saying, '$75 I was here to clean,' and left her name and number," Bush said.
The family initially thought the person had accidentally come to the wrong house, so Bush called the individual who left the note behind, a person by the name of Sue Warren, to let her know of the error.
Bush was in for a surprise. The woman on the other end of the line said she did the cleaning intentionally, and the bill was no mistake. Warren told Bush she'd "better pay up," reported WKYC.
"I think our jaws just dropped to the ground," Bush said. "I said, what happened, did you get the wrong house? She said, 'No, I do this all the time.' I said, What do you mean? She said, 'I just stop and clean your house.'"
Whether or not this is Warren's regular routine to solicit work is unclear, but reportedly she has previously been arrested for trespassing for a similar incident in another town.
Local Cleveland publication, Scene Magazine reported on how Sue Warren allegedly operates.
"Apparently, instead of waiting around for calls to her cleaning business, the Elyria woman slips inside unoccupied homes, does a few chores, then leaves behind a bill."
Dubbed the "cleaning fairy" burglar, Warren was later brought into police custody in connection with entering the Bush's home, reported ABC affiliate News Net 5.
News Net 5 reported charges are expected to be filed against the 53-year-old Warren.
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