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Suspected burglar arrested after getting into bed with sleeping child

Cary Ashby • Sep 17, 2013 at 11:39 PM

A Norwalk family got quite a shock early Sunday morning when they found a strange man in their house.

In fact, the man crawled into a child’s bed, covered up and went to sleep.

When confronted, the man appeared intoxicated and not sure where he was.

The man was charged with burglary.

James M. Clarke, 24 of 151A Benedict Ave., was arrested just north of the victims’ South Linwood Avenue residence. At 4:53 a.m., the Norwalk Police Department responded to the report of an unknown male suspect who was sleeping in a child’s bedroom where the child, an eighth-grader, also was asleep.

The home owner talked to the man while his wife called the police.

While police were on the way, the complainant reported Clarke was walking northbound away from the home and was wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt. Two officers arrested Clarke shortly afterward and charged him with burglary.

“Mr. Clarke advised he believed he was in a friend’s residence,” Officer Dave Daniels said in his report.

The suspect was transported to the Huron County Jail. If convicted of burglary, Clarke faces six to 18 months behind bars.

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