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Balmy burglar bungles break-in

POSTED January 12, 2010 10:50 p.m.
An overly fragrant thief alerted a Turlock woman to a burglary in her house, which ultimately led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man.
Around noon Thursday a woman was taking a nap at her home in the 900 block of E. Main Street. The woman told police that she is very sensitive to colognes and perfumes and that on this day she was aroused from her slumber by the strong presence of men’s cologne.
She went to investigate the source of the smell and found that items around her house had been moved and that a kitchen knife was missing, Turlock Police Lt. Ron Reid said.
The woman contacted the police department about the suspected break-in.
Two officers responded, with one checking out the alley near the residence. As he drove by he saw a man standing in the alley, but when he turned the patrol car around to speak with him, the man had already disappeared, Reid said.
The man was found just around the corner on Colorado Avenue and according to the police report, he smelled “strongly of cologne.”
Back in the alley at the spot where the suspect was seen standing, the officers found the woman’s kitchen knife, Reid said.
The suspect, Jordan Valentine, 19, was booked into jail on the suspicion of burglary.

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