‘Cleaning Fairy,’ Now Out of Jail, Defends Her Tactics

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WESTLAKE, Ohio -- Susan Warren, 53, of Elyria has been a cleaning lady for over 20 years.

But her need for new clientele has her in quite a mess after police say she broke into a Westlake home on May 22 and cleaned the place.

"I opened the front door, but that was all I did," said Warren.

Police say Warren did some light cleaning while the homeowner was asleep upstairs.

She left a bill for $75 dollars on a napkin and simply left.

"I never stole anything! I left a bill on a napkin, which I admit, was very unprofessional.  I get that.  I just needed money," said Warern.

Warren says she found out she was dubbed the 'Cleaning Fairy Burglar' after she spent two weeks in jail.

"I had no idea until I got out that I had 3 million hits on the internet. It's been in every paper, the Wall Street Journal, I had no idea how big it had got," said Warren.

Because of the coverage, Warren has lost all her cleaning work and she says her son won't even see her.

But Warren can't seem to comprehend why she is facing charges.

"That's how business works in this country. I mean, some people want a piece of paper to look at, they want an invoice, they want a bill. I couldn't find a piece of paper and I sure as hell was not going to go through their personal things," said Warren.

Police say it's not about the bill, but the burglary, and now Warren is facing a felony burglary charge.

"I realize I made a mistake. I just, lost two weeks of my life. And I gotta move on. I'm trying to move on," said Warren.

Warren faces a hearing on Thursday morning in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

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