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Fashion Victim

Foothills Area

Oct. 16, 9:16 p.m.

A north-side woman interrupted a teenage girl burglarizing her home after dressing up in her family's clothes, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report stated.

The homeowner told dispatch she'd arrived at her house that night to find it had been broken into by a girl of "15 or 16 years of age," now standing near the front door completely dressed in clothing the woman recognized as belonging to herself and her loved ones.

Sheriff's deputies arrived to find the girl sitting in the road outside, with the woman standing nearby. The girl was wearing a hooded jacket belonging to the woman's son, as well as tons of the woman's rings and bracelets on both hands and at least one of her daughter's necklaces.

First the subject started screaming angrily about the reportee having kicked her out of the strange house; then she yelled about wanting to go to her home, though she wouldn't disclose its location. She claimed the reportee had hit her with a baseball bat but wouldn't say how it happened—and although this seemed unlikely, her mouth was bleeding.

The homeowner told deputies the girl had ransacked the entire house, gone through every drawer inside and drunk a whole bottle of Fireball liquor she'd found in the kitchen. There was evidence that she'd tried to smoke some Epsom salts the family kept for sore muscles.

The reportee said when she found the little intruder, she first began cursing loudly at her and then started asking the woman to stay, pleading with her to "just let her hang" before she fled out the front door.

At that point, the woman explained, she'd grabbed one of her kids' baseball bats to appear intimidating and pointed it at the escaping young burglar, commanding her to stop. When she didn't, the woman's daughter—also on scene—gave chase and tackled her to the ground; that's when her mouth had evidently started bleeding.

Officers learned she'd been in some previous legal trouble and been ordered to appear in court—which she'd failed to do—and had been deemed "delusional."

Once the girl had become sufficiently cooperative, although still "yelling," she was escorted to the homeowner's bathroom to change out of the clothes she was wearing, including not only the reportee's son's hunting jacket, but also her daughter's red sweatshirt, her son's baseball cap, and the woman's own cowboy boots.

She was also clad in other clothing and accessories from the house whose precise owners weren't clear: jeans, socks and sunglasses (though it was nighttime). Her backpack contained yet more items: a pair of Nikes, some pink pajama pants, a yellow shirt, a brown sweater, five more pairs of socks and five pairs of panties. Finally, she reeked of the reportee's son's cologne.

Unfortunately the girl's blood had stained most of the clothing.

She was taken to the hospital while officers determined the best way to handle her afterward.

More by Anna Mirocha

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