A 14-year-old girl’s quick-thinking actions were being credited with helping to thwart a burglary at her Orange County home, authorities announced on Monday.
Deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the Rossmore community last Monday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.
Two male juveniles had attempted to enter the residence through several doors and windows, unaware that the teen was home at the time, according to the release.
The unidentified 14-year-old hid inside a bedroom closet and called 911.
“I think someone’s in,” she calmly told the dispatcher. “I’m hearing my front doors and the windows.”
The female dispatcher assured the teen that a K-9 unit was on the way. She then advised the girl that authorities had arrived, and that she should stay where she was until the deputies had reached her.
“I’m just kind of scared to be honest,” the teen responded.
Shortly after, the deputies were able to get to her, she reported to the dispatcher. The teen thanked the woman before hanging up the phone.
“She’s a great example of…staying calm, remaining on the phone with the 911 dispatcher,” Lt. Jeff Hallock with the Sheriff’s Department said. “In her case, she felt comfortable hiding inside the closet, which was an excellent decision on her part.
“But she provided enough information for the deputies to respond quickly. They got there and ultimately detained and arrested the suspects,” he said.
Investigators believed the juveniles were possibly connected to other burglaries and thefts in the area.
Both were booked into Orange County Juvenile Hall, authorities said.