WEST LINN, Ore. -- A West Linn woman returned home Monday afternoon to find a burglar inside. It happened in the 1700 block of Gallery Way. A police spokesperson said the woman did not realize anybody was inside the house until she saw her dog acting strange.
"She bent down to deal with the dog and heard a man's voice, a very deep voice, say 'Get on the ground,'" said Sgt. Neil Hennelly.
Hennelly said the woman dropped her groceries and bolted across the street to her neighbor's house.
"I was sitting in my chair watching television this afternoon and I heard a knock at the door and by the time I got to the door there was nobody here," said neighbor Terry Jones.
By the time Jones got to the door his neighbor was already knocking on another neighbor's door where she called 911. Police arrived quickly with a K-9 in tow.
"The dog led us north from the house to see if we could find the guy and we weren't able to find the guy," said Hennelly. "We had a pretty good perimeter set up, but we missed him."
Hennelly said burglaries are very unusual in West Linn, especially in broad daylight. That could explain the fear the homeowner felt.
"I can't imagine," said Jones. "Once this simmers down it's going to be even tougher on her."
Nearby neighbors planned to make adjustments.
"My wife came home and said I'm going to arm the place in the daytime, whenever she leaves," said neighbor Paul Adams.
Investigators said nothing was stolen from the house. If you know anything about the case you are urged to call the West Linn Police Department.