ARLINGTON, Va. — "Hero," a robot who is supposed to scare off burglars by saying: "Warning, intruder! I have summoned the police!", was caught sleeping on the job and stolen while his owners were on vacation, police said today.
Tom and Priscilla Nelson banished Hero, without his programming, to the basement of their home two weeks ago and left on vacation.
Unable to blurt his mechanical warning, Hero became the silent victim of a burglary, stolen along with a television set, video recorder and jewelry worth several thousand dollars.
The police found Hero, about the size of a garbage can, in a stolen car in Washington--partially disassembled, dust-covered and with dead batteries. They also recovered his instruction manual and electrical charger.