SALEM -- Two people were jailed for burglary after a Salem woman thought she heard them in her attic and her friend wedged the attic door closed as a precaution until police arrived.
Deputies were called late Monday afternoon to the report of a burglary at a home in the 4100 block of Fisher Road NE in Salem, said Marion County spokesman Don Thomson. The victim said several items were stolen and the house had been ransacked.
A short time later, the woman called 911 again to report that she heard noises in her attic and thought someone might be hiding there. A friend who was with her wedged a piece of wood into the overhead attic door to prevent the possible culprits from getting out, Thomson said.
"Once they locked them in there, the people started yelling to let them out and they said, 'no, the police were on the way,'” Thomson said.
Deputies found 36-year-old Duane Howard and 30-year-old Amiemay Bridget Munoz hiding in the attic when they arrived. They claimed to be transients who were sleeping in the attic, but had nothing to do with the burglary.
Both were jailed on burglary charges. The investigation was ongoing.