Clever Cops Quack the Case of the Mystery Intruder

Trending: Suspect in North Reading, Mass., was known to walk with a waddle.

Officer Greg Connolly with the suspect. Photo credit: North Reading Police.
Officer Greg Connolly with the suspect. Photo credit: North Reading Police.
by Les Masterson

North Reading, Mass. – Police got their duck on Saturday.

Police responded to a home after a woman woke up to hear banging noises coming from downstairs. Concerned that there was an intruder, she called police, which asked her to stay on the line, but to remain in her bedroom until officers arrived, according to North Reading Police.

Police quickly determined there was no forced entry to the home. The woman was told she could leave her bedroom and let in police.

When police entered the home, they were confronted by the intruder – a female Wood Duck.

But the duck wasn’t going to go easily. Police tracked down the webbed-footed assailant and Officer Greg Connolly caught the bird without incident – or injury to the duck, police said.

Connolly let the duck outside and it quickly flew back to the safety of Swan Pond.

Police found the duck entered the home through an open chimney flue.

“The duck, covered in chimney soot, flew directly into a vaulted ceiling, leaving the perfect soot silhouette of the flying duck on white ceiling,” said police.

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Mario Lou April 07, 2014 at 09:35 AM
They wouldn't even post anything on their site for a fundraiser for our towns little league. It's pathetic that have people thinking this is a local news source. U want readers? Support the local communities. Smh such a trash rag....
Robert April 07, 2014 at 09:52 AM
When I am looking for something that walks with a waddle.....I watch the cops comming out of Dunkin Doughnuts
smflex April 07, 2014 at 10:08 AM
pix or it didnt happen
maizenbluedoc April 07, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Just proves a point; news mediums will utilize every chance they get to confuse and misinform the public to get their story read. If I wanted to know what happened in any locale, I would google it. I want local news, not national and international news on a LOCAL site. Get a life people.
Richard Poulton April 07, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Commenting from the East Haven, CT Patch. Cute story. but to answer Concerned Citizen's comment, last January AOL sold the Patch to a tech investment firm called Hale Global. What there plans are is anyone's guess. Are local editor who once worked maybe 3/4 area Patch's now has over a hundred to deal with. Good luck.


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