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Woman calls 911 over home invader. It was a Roomba

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Police in Washington County, Oregon, have responded to a distress call from a woman claiming her home was being burgled, only to discover a robotic vacuum trapped inside the bathroom. 

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, staff at the Washington County Sheriff's Office revealed the woman called 911 to report a stranger was in her bathroom with the door locked and that she could see shadows under the door. 

BURGLARY SUSPECT CAPTURED 1:48pm: Reporting party calls 911 and says someone is in her bathroom. Tells dispatch the...

Posted by Washington County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Police responded and appeared at the house minutes later with a full dog squad, reporting "rustling" coming from the bathroom. After calling for the suspect to come out, "the rustling became more frequent" and police entered the bathroom with guns drawn -- only to find a lonely Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner that had been trapped behind the door. 

Facebook users are already calling for body camera footage to be released.