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Accused burglar: I thought I was home

July 2, 2010 at 4:24 PM   |   Comments

PUNTA GORDA, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- A Florida man charged with breaking into a neighbor's house says he simply got disoriented during a walk and thought he was in his own home.

Sheriff's deputies in Charlotte County in southwest Florida did not believe the story, WBBH-TV, Fort Myers, reported. Cody Hansen has been charged with the unarmed burglary.

"He said he was out walking his dog and the houses look alike and he got into the wrong house and helped himself to a glass of orange juice," Bob Carpenter of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office told the TV station. "The lady heard a noise and she got up during the night. She went to the bathroom and she thought it was her son at the refrigerator, so she said to her son, 'Is that you?' And the person replied, 'Yes.' Well it was burglar."

The two houses are around the corner from each other. Hansen claimed his house's interior also closely resembles the one he entered but refused to allow deputies to examine his furnishings, the police report said.

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