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Someone Broke Into His House. Then They Deep-Cleaned It

Mass. man loved the toilet paper roses, was disappointed his kitchen didn't get tidied
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2019 8:22 AM CDT
A B&E we wouldn't mind.   (Getty Images/AlexRaths)

(Newser) – Nate Roman should have been miffed that someone broke into his home in Marlborough, Mass., last week. Instead, CBS Boston notes the 44-year-old was "pleasantly surprised": The beds were made, the toilets were sparkling, someone had put out the trash, and his son's bedroom "never looked better," Roman acknowledges. Even his 5-year-old son's stuffed animals were neatly stacked, per NBC News (though Roman notes he's disappointed they didn't do the kitchen). Police tell WBZ-TV Roman called in a breaking-and-entering complaint for the odd incident that happened May 15, though Roman has a theory that isn't a nefarious one. He thinks he left the back door unlocked, and he wonders if a housecleaning service simply wandered into the wrong home by mistake.

Why he thinks that's the more likely scenario: To the best of his knowledge, nothing was taken from the home, and expertly crafted "roses" made out of toilet paper were left in the bathrooms. "If I was going to judge the quality of a toilet paper rose, I would call this high quality," Roman tells WBZ-TV. The police say what happened is still considered a crime. "It's just a misdemeanor [breaking and entering] because ... it didn't appear that there was any intent to steal or take anything from the property," Sgt. Dan Campbell says, per WKRN. To be safe, Roman changed the locks on his house anyway. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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