Child home alone during home break-in

A 12 year old home alone found himself face-to-face with a pair of criminals in Cumberland County
August 28, 2013 8:21:40 AM PDT
A 12 year old home alone found himself face-to-face with a pair of criminals.

The boy locked himself in his room, and managed to dial 911.

"Well, I was sitting in my room watching TV. I heard someone knocking on the door. So, I decided not to answer it," said the boy. "They knocked about five minutes more, then broke in. I guess they assumed no one was at home. They kicked in the front door."

He quickly locked himself in his bedroom, as two thieves went thru his home.

"One went to the kitchen. The other came to my room and tried to kick in the door," said the boy. "He came back to my room and kicked in the door, then ran off."

He called 911 and stayed on the phone with the operator until his mother got home. His relieved father says it's a miracle his son wasn't harmed.

"On the one hand, I am angry about it on the other hand I am thankful they did no harm to him," said the boy's father.

The incident happened July 30 in a community near Grays Creek High School. Since then, residents in the area say they've been plagued by crime wave of vehicle and home break-ins.

"I am 43, and should not be scared to home alone, but I really am," said victim John Garris.

Sheriff's deputies have warned residents in the area to be on the alert.

"It's bad. I mean you're furious because somebody did steal your stuff," said victim Brandi Davis. "You feel violated. Now you have to worry is somebody going to try and harm me and my kids when we are home during the day."

Residents say that over the past few weeks, they have seen more deputies patrolling their neighborhood streets.  

Some of the residents have formed their own neighborhood watch, and they patrol the streets themselves keeping an eye out for trouble.

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