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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2007

Strangers in home: Lawrence girl, 13, hides, calls police

By Kristen Bishop 340-2443

MOULTON — A 13-year-old girl helped stop a burglary when she hid and called police after two men entered her home Thursday, said Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell.

The Sheriff's Department had two men in custody Thursday at 7:30 p.m. but declined to release names pending official charges.

"We're still in the midst of the investigation at this time," said Mitchell.

According to the teen's report to deputies, two men riding four-wheelers drove into her yard at about 3:15 p.m. and walked into her house on Lawrence County 427, north of Moulton, while she was home alone.

She saw them through the window and hid under a bed and later in a bathroom while she called police, said Mitchell.

"The house is very large, so it was easy for her to hide," he said.

At one point, they were in the room next to where she was hiding, he said.

"For the circumstance, she was really calm, and she listened really well to the dispatcher that told her to stay calm and quit talking," said Mitchell. "They kept her on the phone until the deputy walked in the room with her."

It took deputies only minutes to respond, but the burglars were already gone when they arrived, said Mitchell.

It was unclear whether they stole anything from the house.

"We're still looking into that," said Mitchell.

After interviewing the teen and neighbors, sheriff's deputies were able to locate the suspects.

"We believe we have identified them and are still in the process of questioning them," Mitchell said at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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