Home intruder was a trapped Roomba: Oregon Police

by Kim Boateng Posted on April 10th, 2019

An Oregon sheriff’s office entered a residential bathroom with guns drawn, prepared to confront a burglary suspect. Instead, they found a trapped robotic vacuum making a ruckus.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a Tuesday social media post that officers responded to a woman’s report that someone was locked in her bathroom. The woman could tell something was amiss — there were shadows visible under the door.

Deputies surrounded the house, called in a canine officer and repeatedly instructed the suspect to exit the bathroom, the release says.

Police heard “rustling” noises coming from the bathroom and reported that the noises became more frequent as they continued to issue directions.

About 15 minutes after first responding, police entered the bathroom with guns drawn, the release says.

Police witnessed a “very thorough vacuuming job being done by a Roomba Robotic Vacuum cleaner,” the release says.

The sheriff’s office shared a timestamped moment-by-moment account of the incident, concluding with facepalm and shrug emojis: 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♂️🤦‍♀️

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