Tween thwarts teen bur­glars

The Covington News - - Front Page - Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­

A tween who thwarted five teen bur­glars is be­ing praised for his brav­ery by the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

The 12-year-old was home alone Mon­day af­ter­noon at his Kirk­land Road res­i­dence when there was a knock on the front door. When he peeked out, he saw five teens rang­ing in age from 14 to 16 at the door. He re­fused to an­swer the door and ig­nored the knock­ing.

He lis­tened as the group went around the home and knocked on win­dows and doors. When he gave no in­di­ca­tion that he was there, he heard the back win­dow break as the teens be­gan break­ing into his home.

Ac­cord­ing to Lt. Keith Crum, the tween im­me­di­ately called 911 and authorities ar­rived be­fore the group was able to gain en­try. When the teens were ar­rested, authorities found bur­glary tools in- clud­ing gloves, back­packs, rocks and hair­pins. Deputies also found mar­i­juana (less than an ounce) on four of the five teens.

Af­ter be­ing iden­ti­fied by the 12-year-old, the teens were ar­rested and charged with crim­i­nal at­tempt to com­mit bur­glary. Four were also charged with pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana less than an ounce, and two were also charged with pos­ses­sion of a tool dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a crime.

“They came pre­pared to com­mit a bur­glary,” said Crum. “They came pre­pared with items to force en­try and gloves to con­ceal their iden­tity. The only thing that kept it from be­ing suc­cess­ful was the young man call­ing 911.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate him call­ing. His im­me­di­ate ac­tions led di­rectly to the sub­jects be­ing ap­pre­hended. With­out him, and peo­ple like him who are will­ing to step for­ward and call law en­force­ment in a timely man­ner, we wouldn’t be able to solve these crimes.”

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