Quick-Thinking Teen Helps Catch Alleged Burglars

Teen hides in closet until found by alleged burglars

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012  |  Updated 2:23 PM CDT
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Quick-Thinking Teen Helps Catch Alleged Burglars

L-R: Adolfo Villeda, Oziel Valazquez and Manuel Murillo.

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A 14-year-old Richland Hills girl is being credited with helping catch three teens who allegedly burglarized her home.

The girl was at home Monday when she heard a knock at the door, according to police.  She looked outside, didn't recognize the two men and didn't answer the door.  A short time later, she heard them at the back of her house where they kicked in the door.

She then quickly hid in a closet while the pair grabbed electronics including an iPod and iPhone. 

As they continued to pillage the home, they soon stumbled upon her hiding in the closet, police said.  The men cursed and ran from the home.

Police were called and the young woman was able to provide a detailed description of the burglars, their truck and a partial license plate.  A short time later, Fort Worth police officers located the truck, the stolen items and arrested the three occupants of the vehicle.

The trio were later identified by police as 18-year-old Adolfo Villeda, 18-year-old Oziel Valazquez and 17-year-old Manuel Murillo.

“Had it not been for the quick thinking of the victim in this case, as well as the ingenuity of the responding officers, catching these criminals may have been very difficult,” said Richland Hills Chief Barbara Childress.

All three of the teens are being held on $30,000 bond and have been charged with burglary of a habitation.

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