29 December 2019

A couple called 911, thinking an intruder had entered their home. It was actually their robotic vacuum

A North Carolina couple was watching a movie in their bedroom when they suddenly heard loud noises coming from downstairs. Worried that it was an intruder, the two called 911.

The couple waited for police to arrive, hoping their 2-year-old daughter sleeping in her room wouldn't get up to check on the noise, said Thomas Milam, the husband, in his Facebook post shared to Forsyth County Sheriff's Office's page.

Milam was armed and prepared to use his military training if things took a turn for the worse.
"All my military training came back to me," he said in the post. "I started analyzing the path the intruder would take, their line of fire if they entered the room in certain ways, and where we should be to decrease our risk of getting hurt."

Minutes after they called 911, police entered the home and began to search for an intruder. When the 911 operator told Milam to go downstairs to talk to the police, he said, the officers just had one question. "Is this Roomba yours?" Police had apprehended the suspect: the couple's brand new robotic vacuum.

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