Police in Ohio were surprised to discover a “masked bandit” in a local home on Monday, but it wasn’t a burglar – at least, not a human one. A North Ridgeville resident phoned authorities after discovering a raccoon hiding in his dishwasher.
Police sent their “resident absurd animal call officer,” Patrolman John Metzo, to investigate, according to a department Facebook post.
A North Ridgeville, Ohio, resident called police to their home after discovering a raccoon hiding in his dishwasher.
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Sure enough, Metzo found a raccoon sleeping in the dishwasher when he arrived. The animal had broken in through a bathroom light and “ransacked the kitchen” before settling in for a nap under some dirty dishes, according to police.
Metzo is known locally in the city west of Cleveland for responding to other odd calls involving animals like when a kangaroo got loose from its pen in 2015 and the time a cow fell off a trailer and wandered away in 2019.
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Photos from the latest call show the critter crouched inside the dishwasher, and then led away on a leash by the officer.
It took about 17 minutes to coax the raccoon out from his impromptu bed, news agency South West News Service (SWNS) reported.
Photos from the latest call show the critter crouched inside the dishwasher, and then led away on a leash by the officer. (SWNS)
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“All in a day’s work… for John,” police wrote, adding that “No raccoons were harmed in the making of this Facebook post.”