In April 2019, the Washington Country Police Department received a frantic call at 1:49 p.m. The caller was a house guest who claimed that there was a burglar inside the house and that they had locked themselves in the bathroom.
Apparently, the house guest had gone outside to walk his nephews home, only to come home with a suspected intruder in the house who was hiding in the bathroom. After receiving the call, three different units immediately responded which included three deputies, a detective, and two canine officers.
They arrived at the home and made their way inside, guns drawn and ready for action. Arriving at the bathroom door, they made themselves known to the supposed intruder although the noises continued to grow louder. Thinking that the burglar was trying to escape out the window, they entered the bathroom expecting some action.
However, upon entering the bathroom, they didn’t find a burglar, but a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner that had become stuck. The automated vacuum was running into the shower door only to back up and ram it again.
The officers couldn’t help but laugh at the situation. They had no idea what they were going to find behind the bathroom door, luckily it was just a vacuum. Apparently, what really scared the officers was that they still didn’t get a response after announcing they had a dog. Most people give up at that point, so they had no idea what they were up against.
While the man who made the call felt awful about the whole ordeal, the officers assured him it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially in someone else’s home. Followers of the departments Facebook page have been going crazy over the story, coming up with all their own puns and memes in the comments for this hilarious misunderstanding.