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Stranger slips into Coronado home, changes locks, settles in while owner is away

A 43-year-old woman was jailed after Coronado police say she slipped into a home while the owner was away, changed the locks and listened to music as she made herself at home until police arrived, the department said Friday.

A neighbor called police just before 11 p.m. Thursday after she noticed lights going on and off inside the Alameda Boulevard home, Coronado police posted on the department’s Instagram page. The neighbor is a relative of the homeowner and knew the owner was out of town.

The neighbor handed police a spare key to the home, but when police went to the door, they found metal shavings on the ground and pieces of an old lock, the department said. The spare key no longer fit.

On the backside of the home, police saw that several doors were wide open, and they spotted a lit fireplace. They also heard music.

They backed off. While they waited for backup, they saw a person moving around on the second floor.

Once more officers and a police dog were on site, they called out to the person — a woman who eventually came out of the home. Authorities said she told them — falsely — that there were two children inside.

Police said the woman also told them that the house was hers and that she had called a locksmith earlier that evening to change the locks.

The woman was jailed on suspicion of residential burglary.



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