June 26, 2016

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Elyria police say ‘Cleaning Fairy’ is ‘Shoveling Fairy’

ELYRIA — They say no good deed goes unpunished, and Susan Warren has probably learned that the hard way.

Susan Warren

The Elyria woman, 53, who has been dubbed “the cleaning fairy,” was picked up around noon Tuesday at a Branston Avenue home after a caller told police a “suspicious woman” was shoveling a neighbor’s driveway.

According to Elyria Police Lt. Chris Costantino, Warren, who lives on Marseilles Avenue, did not have the homeowner’s permission to shovel the driveway.
Officers learned that she had a warrant through Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office for attempted burglary.

Warren was arrested on the warrant, but she wasn’t charged with a crime for shoveling the driveway. According to court documents, Warren failed to follow the terms of her one-year probation, which she was sentenced to for breaking into a Westlake home.

On May 22, Warren entered an unlocked home, cleaned it and left a $75 bill written on a napkin, according to the homeowner, who found the note later that day. Warren told The Chronicle-Telegram that she went inside to clean because she “wanted something to do.” She said she surprises homeowners by cleaning their homes, but she never had a problem before.

Costantino said Warren was found with almost $1,000 in cash Tuesday, so the snow shoveling must have been “pretty lucrative.”

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