WEST BEND — A Town of Erin homeowner helped break up a burglary at her house this week after getting into a struggle with the alleged suspect, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has said in a statement posted to the department’s Facebook page.
The 65-year-old woman was reportedly at home by herself when she saw another woman standing outside her door. That person, a 27year-old Milwaukee resident, asked for directions before leaving, per the sheriff’s office statement.
“The alert homeowner immediately noticed that she was missing credit cards, cash and her vehicle keys out of her purse that was located inside her residence,” the sheriff’s office said.
The local resident, who wasn’t identified in the sheriff’s statement, immediately began to search
the area for the suspect and later found her walking nearby.
“The victim confronted the suspect and a struggle ensued,” law enforcement reported, noting the homeowner was bitten in the incident but was able to get take the suspect’s wallet. The suspect then fled on foot again.
When a sheriff’s deputy eventually arrested the suspect, she was found with property belonging to the homeowner. A search of the suspect’s wallet also uncovered drugs and paraphernalia, the sheriff’s office said.
Officials took the suspect — who was also not named in the sheriff’s online report — to Hartford Rescue for treatment of drug withdrawal symptoms. Once there, the suspect allegedly spat on a nurse and grabbed at another nurse, law enforcement said.