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Drunk man ate, slept at wrong house

May 9, 2011 at 2:04 PM

PALM HARBOR, Fla., May 9 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a drunken man discovered sleeping on a sofa insisted he was in his own home when confronted by the actual residents.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said a woman awoke at about 2:30 a.m. Friday when she heard the sound of coughing and discovered Mark Sirben, 51, sleeping in her Palm Harbor home, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Monday.

The woman's husband confronted Sirben, who insisted he was in his own home.

"They had no idea who this guy was," said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

The couple told deputies Sirben had apparently made himself some food in their kitchen before going to sleep.

"The kitchen cabinets were open and there was food in a frying pan that was not there when he and his wife had gone to bed," Barreda said.

Sirben was charged with trespassing in an occupied structure and criminal mischief.

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