An area woman with multiple addresses, including ones in Norwalk and Wakeman, apparently thought she was returning a favor for a friend by allegedly ransacking his home.
The friend reportedly disagrees -- and the woman is in the Erie County Jail, charged with burglary, a second-degree felony and theft, a fifth-degree felony.
Janie R. Ayers, 35, must post a $30,000 bond before authorities can release her.
Erie County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dennis Papineau said Ayers' friend was in jail when the alleged incident occurred. The man's brother stopped in the Castalia home to find "a bunch of stuff" was missing.
"The house was ransacked," Papineau said, adding missing items included electronics, tools, medication, golf clubs, jewelry, linens and a lawnmower. The stolen items are worth "well over" $1,000, Papineau said.
He said the friend's brother filed a report earlier this month, but recently called police to report he suspected Ayers was responsible. Ayers was already incarcerated on a non-related charge through another agency, Papineau said. He added he interviewed her at the jail and she told him she was doing her friend a "favor" by taking his stuff, because he did the same thing for her while she was in jail. Papineau added Ayers admitted climbing through an unlocked window, and once she was inside a trailer, began taking things.
"She said she was doing him a favor so no one else stole it," the investigator said.
However, he added the owner said she had no permission to be in his house and take things.
Papineau said during his interview with her, she told him where she put the items she too. He added he's in the process of returning the items to the owner.