Stop me if you’ve heard the one where a Florida woman tries to shoplift, fails, escapes police, breaks into a couples home to do her laundry, pretends to be a sleepwalker… and eats all the cereal?
A Florida woman came home and walked into her bedroom to find another woman in her husband’s bed, wearing his pajamas. Of course, she freaked out and called her husband, who rushed home from the golf course. It turned out he didn’t know why she was there either.
In a bizarre story, the mystery woman turned out to be Eryn Rice, 22, an escaped shoplifting suspect. She had escaped authorities after being detained in regards to an incident at CVS, where Rice tried to shoplift hundreds of dollars worth of products.
Rice was evidentaly prepared, as she had a getaway driver that dropped her off in a nearby neighborhood.
Rice proceeded to break into a couples home…. and make herself at home. She threw her clothes in the couple’s washing machine and changed into the husband’s pajamas. She then decided to take a nap in the bed, which is when the wife found her.
Wait, it keeps getting better. Via AmericaNow:
John Willey, Rice’s alleged accomplice, drove off as authorities arrested Rice, WFTV reported. The officer got one handcuff onto Rice’s left wrist before she turned around, pushed the deputy to the ground, and escaped on foot.
K-9 dogs and a helicopter were called in to assist in finding her, but Rice managed to evade the search party and reportedly broke into an elderly couple’s house.
The 73-year-old homeowner, whose husband left to play golf that morning, found the escaped suspect in her guest bedroom, wearing her husband’s pajamas and taking a nap. Rice had allegedly washed her clothes in the couple’s laundry room.
At first, the woman thought her husband was having an affair with the suspect and called him asking him for an explanation. When her husband came home, he told his wife that he had never seen the strange woman before. Rice told the woman that she had an acute sleepwalking problem, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The wife said she felt bad for the escaped criminal after hearing her reason for intruding and asked if she wanted some cereal for breakfast. Nonetheless, she became suspicious after Rice “repeatedly fell asleep” while eating her cereal.
Shortly after driving Rice to a home less than a mile away, the couple found a police officer around 11:30 a.m. and told him about the situation. When the police arrived at the home where the couple dropped Rice off, they saw Willey trying to drive off with the escaped suspect in the vehicle, according to WFTV.
Willey and Rice were both apprehended shortly thereafter and taken into custody. Rice was charged with burglary and petty theft in addition to retail theft, resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, escape, and giving a false name. She was also arrested for violating her probation and a separate grand theft charge in Osceola County.
Willey was charged with being an accomplice to robbery after the fact and sheltering an escaped prisoner. Authorities also found two syringes with traces of methamphetamine on Rice and another one in Willey’s car.
Rice has a long history of theft. Two years ago, she and her mother were suspected of stealing $15,000 worth of perfume from numerous stores, the Orlando Sentinel reported.