HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A teenage girl thwarted two burglars breaking into her northwest Harris County home by doing exactly what her parents taught her to do in an emergency: She called 911.
Thieves smashed through the front door of a home in the 14200 block of Curry Creek in broad daylight, apparently unaware the young woman was upstairs.
"Well, she heard something, a big boom," said Quincy Bland, the young woman's father. "At that time, I believe they kicked the door in. And she was able to look over the balcony and see where the woodwork off of the door had been broken. And she immediately knew something was wrong."
As the burglars went to work on the home's first floor, the teenager ducked into a bathroom and called for help. She reacted so quickly, sheriff deputies raced to the scene in time to catch the burglars in the act.
The thieves had already loaded one television set and a Playstation into their car and they had carried another set onto the porch when deputies arrived. One of the burglars was caught outside the home and the other was still inside, Bland said.
Deputies searching the suspects found a small quantity of what appeared to be drugs.
"It's not even safe to be in your own house," complained Linda Walker, whose husband works with the area's neighborhood watch group.
The girl was shaken but unhurt, said her father.
"I'm very blessed and lucky that no harm was done to my daughter and they caught the guys," Bland said. "I couldn't ask for anything else."