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Anderson, California — California police say a man arriving home from work found a naked woman he did not know asleep in his bed.

The unidentified man told police the strange saga started Tuesday when he found a parcel ripped open on the porch of his home in Anderson about 241km north of Sacramento.

Once inside, he said he saw a sandwich with a bite taken and an open beer. A pack of cigarettes was missing.

Then he found the woman sleeping in his bed and called 911.

Police say 33-year-old Michelle Watkins got dressed, sat on the front porch until officers arrived and was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

She is being held on $25 000 (about R320 000) bail. Jail records don't indicate if she is represented by an attorney.

AP