Roomba blamed in burglary scare


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Deputies in Portland, Oregon responded to a possible home invasion, but the intruder they found wasn’t alive or a person.

It was a robotic vacuum cleaner.

Deputy Brian Rogers was one of the first on scene and was met by two men who were house-sitting for their nephew.

“They had been out walking their dog and when they came back and walked in the house they heard noises in the house and a bathroom door close,” Rogers says.

Fearing that an intruder was in the home, Rogers and two colleagues put on additional safety gear and moved toward the house.

“I have what’s referred to as a long gun or rifle out,” says Rogers. “The detective and other deputy have their duty-issued handguns out.”

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says deputies entered the home and ordered the burglar out, but nothing happened.

Deputies then opened the bathroom door with guns drawn and discovered the automatic vacuum cleaner.

Sgt. Danny DiPietro says this encounter was his first “Roomba burglar” in 13 years on the job.
He says the office is still “having a good laugh about it.”

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