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Another family dog credited with foiling burglar

A frightening incident in Stewartville less than a week ago appears to have been repeated in Rochester, officials said today.

Police were called about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday to a burglary in progress in the 4400 block of 57th Street Northwest.

The caller, a 36-year-old female, said she was showering in a second-floor bathroom as her young son slept. As she got out of the shower, she heard the family dog barking. Believing it was her husband arriving at home, the woman called out, said Capt. John Sherwin.

Instead, she heard someone run through the house and out the back door, the report says. She locked herself in her son's bedroom and called 911.

When police arrived, they discovered the intruder had walked upstairs, past the bathroom where the woman was showering and into the master bedroom. A jewelry box had been gone through, the report says, though it doesn't appear anything was taken.


The suspect likely came in through an unlocked sliding glass door.

On March 3, a family dog alerted his owners to a burglar, scaring the intruder off in the process.

Olmsted County Sheriff's deputies responded at 4:45 a.m. that day to a home in the 200 block of Third Street Southwest in Stewartville.

The occupants said they'd been asleep upstairs when their dog began barking "a different bark," said Capt. Scott Behrns.

The dog then went downstairs. The owners heard a "yelp," the report says, then the footsteps of somebody leaving the house.

Two credit cards and $250 in cash were taken, Behrns said.

There were no signs of forced entry, he said, indicating a door may have been left unlocked. The investigation is ongoing.

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