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'Polite' burglar breaks into the wrong house

June 30, 2011 at 3:25 PM

VINELAND, N.J., June 30 (UPI) -- Police said a New Jersey woman who discovered an intruder in her home told them the man said he had "meant to break into" a different house.

Maria Cardona, 39, of Vineland said she returned home after noon Monday and discovered a man had entered her house by cutting through the screen of a back door, The Press of Atlantic City, N.J., reported Thursday.

Cardona said the man told her he was "looking for a guy named Greg."

Cardona, who lives at house number 1022, said the man told her he was looking for 1021.

"I'm so sorry. I meant to break into 1021," she quoted him as saying.

She said the man offered to repair the screen but she declined and asked him to leave.

"He was really polite," Cardona said. "He just scared me, though. I just wanted him to get out."

Police said they are searching for the suspect.

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