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Officers respond to burglary report, only to find a trapped Roomba vacuum

A Roomba vacuum by iRobot. (Kārlis Dambrāns/Wikimedia)

Instead of cleaning out the house, this burglary suspect was cleaning up.

When officers in Oregon made a house call on Tuesday in response to a woman’s report of someone in her bathroom, they didn’t find an intruder — they instead found a trapped Roomba robotic vacuum.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office addressed the unusual outcome in a Facebook post.

The woman was concerned when she saw shadows under her locked bathroom door. Within minutes, the home was surrounded by officers, who brought a canine officer. Deputies caught noise coming from behind the locked door.

After 10 minutes of “several announcements” ordering the suspect to exit the bathroom, the officers — at the ready with their guns — opened the door to find a mischievous Roomba trapped inside.

It was another few minutes before Deputy Brian Rogers cleared the call, concluding, “We breached the bathroom door and encountered a very thorough vacuuming job being done by a Roomba Robotic Vacuum cleaner.”

The sheriff’s office ended the post with multiple shrugging and facepalm emojis.


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