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‘Better safe than sorry:’ Couple called 911 after mistaking robotic vacuum for intruder

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- A North Carolina couple called 911, thinking an intruder was in their home -- but it turned out to be something far less threatening.

Just after midnight on Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 25, a couple heard loud noises coming from the downstairs of their home on Lewisville-Clemson Road.

Thinking it was an intruder, they hid in their closet and called 911.

When deputies searched the home, all they found was a robotic vacuum.

It somehow turned itself on, got stuck, and began banging on a wall.

The couple said they were embarrassed about what happened, but also thankful it wasn't a real intruder.

"It definitely is better safe than sorry because having heard what we did, I still would have called the police, because you just never know," said Thomas Milam, the homeowner.

The couple just bought the Eufy robotic vacuum three days before Christmas and even named it Harry.

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