Home Comedy Officers respond to burglar call with guns drawn, find Roomba

Officers respond to burglar call with guns drawn, find Roomba


The house sitter was surprised.

Someone was in the bathroom. The door was locked. And shadows could be seen dancing under the bathroom door.

He called 911, and multiple deputies responded to the Cedar Hills house. They surrounded the place and requested police dog assistance.

They could hear noise coming from the bathroom. But the burglar didn’t emerge when commanded.

Deputies opened the door, guns drawn, and found… a robotic vacuum.

“In 13 years, this is my first Roomba burglar,” said Sgt. Danny DiPietro, a Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. “Never had anything like this.”

The agency posted the robot ruckus to its Facebook and Twitter feeds on Tuesday, resulting in hundreds of reactions and shares.

The “most wanted” suspect had been captured.

“We’re all just still having a good laugh about it,” DiPietro said Tuesday, one day after the encounter.

— Jim Ryan; jryan@oregonian.com; 503-221-8005; @Jimryan015

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