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Girl watches burglars, calls 911 as she hides

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CUMBERLAND — A 14-year-old girl’s quick thinking led police to capture two would-be burglars after they broke into the girl’s house while she was home alone Friday afternoon.

The girl hid in an upstairs bedroom and called 911 around 1 p.m. as two men, later identified as Antonio Johnson, 24, and Robert Richards, 25, both of Indianapolis, forced open the back door of the home in the 1200 block of North Buck Creek Road, according a to police report.

The girl provided her address and a detailed description of the men who were breaking in, Sheriff’s Detective Capt. Jeff Rasche said.

“She did absolutely the right thing,” he said. “I’m sure being 14 years old, she’s probably very scared. The officers that were there said she was very brave.”

The girl said she watched the men, who were apparently unaware anyone was home, walk around the back of the house, then put on gloves before they approached the back door, Rasche said.

She could hear the men trying to quiet the family dog, which began barking after they broke in through the back door, Rasche said.

Greenfield Police Department Sgt. Jimmie Condra lives nearby and responded to the call along with Cumberland police officers when dispatchers radioed out the address.

The suspects had left the house but were still on the property when police arrived.

Rasche credited the teen with helping police catch the suspects quickly.

“She gave very good, detailed information about what she saw and what she heard, and she was also able to provide that information to 911 operators so when officers arrived, they knew right away they were the suspects,” Rasche said.

Johnson and Richards surrendered without incident but did not admit to entering the home, Rasche said. They were unarmed. No one was hurt in the incident.

When police went inside the house, there found several open drawers, but it appears the men left before stealing anything, Rasche said.

Both men have lengthy criminal histories, including burglary, as well as drug- and weapons-related charges, Rasche said.

They were being held Friday at the Hancock County Jail on preliminary charges of burglary, residential entry and criminal mischief.

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