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Robbers say they were scared away by lion

UPPER DARBY, Pa., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Two 19-year-old Pennsylvania women are charged with burglarizing 25 homes, one of which they claimed they fled after encountering a lion inside, police say.

Harley R. Gifford and Britney Singleton face 25 counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and related offenses, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Sunday.

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The women admitted to the burglary of the homes, all of which occurred since July and during daylight hours, police said. They allegedly stole electronics, jewelry, clothing items, makeup and about $22,000 in cash, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

"They just enjoyed stealing," said Michael J. Chitwood, superintendent of police in Upper Darby, Pa., where most of the thefts occurred. "They used people's homes as their own private shopping center."

Gifford and Singleton said they saw a lion in one of the houses they attempted to enter, but no one was at the residence when police checked.

"If we find a lion, it will be a bigger story than this," said Chitwood.

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