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Goessel burglary reports false

Staff writer

Two deputies and a Hillsboro police officer rushed Monday to Goessel when a caller told dispatchers a burglary was in progress in a former café.

“The reporting party advises that he walked in on the subject and now he is not allowing him to leave the building,” a dispatcher radioed the officers. “He is covered up in Army gear, but again he’s not sure if he has a weapon or not. He is not letting him leave the building.”

The man who spotted the burglar was outside the building, watching him. He told a dispatcher he looked through blinds and could see the burglar sitting down in the doorway near the front door.

A second neighbor came to watch the back door of the building, and a third neighbor joined with a holstered gun.

When the three officers arrived at the scene 18 minutes later and checked the building, the doors were locked and no one was inside.

“There was no sign that anyone had been in there,” Undersheriff Larry Starkey said.

The false report followed one made Thursday when someone driving by a grocery store in Goessel reported seeing someone inside the building. A Hillsboro officer went to the grocery store and found the doors locked and no one inside.

“There was nobody there,” Hillsboro assistant police chief Randy Brazil said. “I guess people are seeing things.”

Last modified Sept. 8, 2022