A 59-year-old woman told a deputy she broke into a home because she was looking for her dogs.
Geraldine A. Schmidt, New London, is charged with burglary and criminal damage to property.
Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, Waupaca County Deputy Bryan Strobusch was advised that a 911 caller had reported seeing a blue Chevy Cruze driving erratically on U.S. 45 near Sugar Bush, north of New London.
The caller then reported that the car had turned into a driveway on the N6300 block of U.S. 45.
As Strobusch was approaching the area, another 911 caller reported a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of the same address.
When Strobusch arrived, he found a pickup truck parked in the driveway, its headlights illuminating the suspect vehicle.
The trucks’ two occupants were also the residents of the house. They said they had returned home to find the strange car in their driveway and lights on inside the house. Nobody was supposed to be there.
Strobusch tried to enter the house, but the door was locked. He knocked and a woman, who identified herself as Schmidt, answered the door.
While standing in the doorway, Strobusch noticed that several cabinet doors were open.
According to the criminal complaint, when the deputy asked Schmidt if she belonged there, she said she did not, but she was looking for her two chihuahuas.
Strobusch discovered that the cellar door had been forced open to gain entry into the house. He also reported a broken light outside.