Fierce Yorkshire terrier-chihuahua mix credited with thwarting Manchester burglary
"He's my little hero," said Cheryl Ober, 66, of 10 Wyoming Ave. of Max, her four-year-old chihuahua-Yorkshire terrier mix.
Ober had just gone to bed about 10:30 p.m. Thursday when Max began growling and barking.
"I got up to see what all the fuss was about and there was some guy at my window and he had the screen off and he was about to come in," she said. Ober said she says "he" but it could have been a woman. All she saw was someone in dark clothing.
"Max saved my life – maybe," laughed Ober. "He's a very good watch dog. He doesn't like strangers and doesn't want anyone in the house he doesn't know."
The burglar would have been inside in two minutes if it weren't for Max, she said.
The burglar dropped the screen and ran as soon as Ober appeared. Police arrived, along with a K-9 team, but could not track down the prowler.
Ober, whose husband was at work, said they have lived in their home, which is off South Elm Street, for 20 years and never worried about burglars.
She had left the dining room window, which faces the back yard, open to let some cool air inside.
Police said early Wednesday morning, two burglars took advantage of another resident who had her bedroom window open.
When noises woke up Constance Cote of 363 Central St. Wednesday about 4:45 a.m., she discovered two people standing outside the window. One of them reached inside and pulled her laptop off a television stand that was next to the window.
The laptop was attached to a flat-screen television, which toppled off the stand. The thieves also grabbed Cote's cell phone.
Cote could not give a description of the burglars, only that they were wearing dark-colored hooded tops.
Police said residents may want to reconsider leaving windows open at night, especially on the ground level or above a porch or deck which can provide easy access for burglars.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards may be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at manchestercrimeline.org .