WESTLAKE, Ohio — An Elyria woman dubbed the “cleaning fairy” burglar is now in police custody.
Westlake police say Susan Warren, 53, broke into a home on Dover Center Road back on May 22 and started to clean while the homeowner was upstairs asleep.
“The woman got up, came downstairs, noticed things moved around, and also found a note written on a napkin that said, ‘I cleaned your house. Please send $75, name, and address,’ ” said Captain Guy Turner, with the Westlake Police Department.
Problem is, Warren was never hired.
But police say she decided to do some light cleaning anyways.
“Some of the coffee cups had been washed, and the vacuum had been taken out. A few other things, like cleaning supplies that were out of place. Then of course, the most startling thing, the note written in a very unbusinesslike fashion,” added Captain Turner.
Warren was apprehended by the Elyria Police Department and taken into custody by Westlake Police.
“This may be a pattern of behavior for her,” said Captain Turner, who says there are similar reports in eastern suburbs.
A pattern Brad Hartig of Olmsted Township knows well.
Hartig says Warren used to clean his house until he let her go.
He says she kept coming back uninvited.
“She said, ‘I left you a note on your counter saying I’ll be back two weeks later.’ I told her, ‘Remember, I told you we don’t need you anymore, and you still tried to get in the house,’ ” said Hartig.
Hartig filed a police report.
He says Warren never stole anything from his house–just a sense of security.
“I’ve changed all my alarm codes and garage door codes and everything else. And she still continued to call and try and get back in,” said Hartig.
Police hope to charge Warren with burglary.