Woman breaks into home, eats food, tries on pants

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A woman is charged with first-degree burglary after police say she busted into a home, ate their food and even tried on some pants before the homeowner returned and caught her in the act. 

Rosalia Portillo, 37, of Inver Grove Heights, was discovered in the home on the 100 block of George Street East around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, sitting on the couch wearing pants belonging to the homeowner's daughter, according to the charges. 

The homeowner called police and reported Portillo had eaten some of their food and took a pair of shoes, that were still in Portillo's purse. 

She also told authorities the same woman broke into her home in August and left her Minnesota ID at the house after that break-in. In that incident, the homeowner returned to find her home in disarray but no one inside.

Police spoke with Portillo at the scene who said she was allowed to be there because she was keeping the yard clean and had been tending to the plants. 

Authorities received other complaints in the surrounding area regarding the same woman at homes without permission, where she claimed as long as she cleaned up and tended to the plants she was allowed to stay.

Portillo later told police she used a chair to enter the home through an open window.


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