Video: Showering burglar calls 911 on homeowners

msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 3/8/2011 11:57:03 PM ET 2011-03-09T04:57:03

When a homeowner returned to find a strange man inside his house, he understandably called 911 — and so did the intruder.

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Lt. Kelli Sheffer said the intruder told police he had broken into a home Monday evening shortly before the owner arrived. He decided to call for help because he was worried the homeowner might have a gun, she added.

The Oregonian newspaper reported the intruder had been taking a shower in the house in Washington Park, Portland, when the owner returned.

Accompanied by his two German shepherds, the homeowner asked what the man was doing and the intruder locked the bathroom door.

That was when the the man called the police. At the same time, the homeowner also dialed 911 with his account of what was happening.

The Oregonian said Portland police arrived with their own dog and arrested the intruder "without further incident."

Sheffer said 24-year-old Timothy James Chapek of Portland was booked into jail for investigation of first-degree criminal trespass.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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