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Cops: Alleged burglar dresses as beauty shop owner

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[October 18, 2008]  FOLEY, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities said a 42-year-old man, dressed up like the elderly owner of a Baldwin County beauty parlor and tried to break into her shop so he could look at himself in a mirror. The man was wearing a blond wig when he allegedly attempted to burglarize a shop owned by Rose Stevens, 76. Deputies said the man told them he wanted to sit in the owner's chair and look at himself.

"It gave me a chill when the deputy asked, 'Do you wear flowered smocks?'" said Stevens, owner of A Curl & Style. "I said, 'Yes,' and he said they thought he'd made himself up to look like me."

The man was charged with third-degree burglary, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The man's brother said he has mental problems and is obsessed with dressing like women.

Stevens said she was in bed at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when she saw car lights flash in front of her beauty shop, which is beside her home. She said she thought the would-be burglar was a woman, but her 17-year-old grandson, who lives with her, said it looked like a man dressed as a woman.

Soon the intruder gave up trying to break in, got back in his car and began to drive away.

A deputy stopped the car as it was leaving and arrested the man, said Maj. Anthony Lowery, a spokesman for the sheriff's office spokesman.

[Associated Press]

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