Memo to officers: Taser a raccoon and you only make him angry

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Mike DuPre'
Thursday, October 4, 2007

Terrified, Theresa Griffin heard something coming up the stairs from the finished basement of her South Pearl Street home.

“I thought someone was coming up the stairs. It scared the heck out of me,” she said.

She called Janesville police about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

An officer came and searched the home. No intruder. Nothing suspicious.

About 20 minutes later, Griffin headed to bed on the house’s upper level.

She found a mess of blackberries smashed on her bed.

‘“What the heck! Then I thought maybe my house is haunted, a poltergeist or something.”

Griffin called the cops again. The officer returned and asked if Griffin had any berries in the house.


Was she having problems with anyone?

Somebody in Nevada owed her money.

The officer thought the intruder might still be in the home. He was right.

A masked bandit lurked.

“As I was searching the lower section of the basement, I looked underneath a bed and came face to face with a raccoon,” he reported.

He figured the raccoon puked the blackberries on the bed.

But the adventure was just beginning.

The officer called his supervisor, who brought an animal control noose and backup: two more cops.

“The ordeal eventually involved four officers and became quite a task

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