A Bangor woman called the police thinking a roll of duct tape that fell off a shelf was an intruder, authorities said.
The woman, who lives alone, called police when her dog started barking at a “thump-thump-thump” coming from her basement, Lt. Tim Cotton wrote on the Bangor Police Department Facebook page.
She told a dispatcher she thought someone was walking down her cellar stairs, which prompted Officer Jimmy Hassard to rush to her home, he said. Police did not identify the woman, where she lived and when she made the call.
The noise, she discovered, was not an intruder but in fact a roll of duct tape that had fallen from a shelf and “made a trip to the bottom of the stairs, one step at a time,” according to Cotton.
When he arrived, Hassard told the woman he wish she’d waited for him before she opened the door, “but then realized the woman was from Maine, had a dog, and a roll of duct tape. She probably could have held her own until we arrived,” Cotton wrote.
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