Two young girls who were home by themselves hid in a bathroom and called 911 when two teens broke into their Hialeah house, before police rushed over and took the suspects into custody, authorities said.
Police said the burglars, who are 18 and 19 years old, knocked on the door of the home at 70 W. 53rd St. at about 10 a.m. Thursday.
The girls, 10 and 13 years old, called their father to see if someone was supposed to be visiting the house.
"All of a sudden the girls are telling him they're breaking the glass in the window to the rear of the house. Now Dad tells them hang up, call 911, and Dad calls 911 at the same time," Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby said.
The girls then ran into a bathroom and called police as the suspects, thinking they were alone, entered the home and ransacked the property, police said. The girls locked the bathroom and bedroom doors.
"So we're speeding over here while these two little girls are hiding in the bathroom, live with our 911 operator, as units are coming," Zogby said.
The girls described the suspects and their car to the operator. At one point, one of the girls screamed, so the burglars took off in a gray 4-door Nissan, but officers were already arriving on scene and were able to detain them.
Officials have not released the identities of the suspects, but said they are charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, a non-bondable offense.
The girls' brother, Michael Rodriguez, said he came straight down from a baseball tournament in Georgia when he heard his sisters were in trouble.
"I was like scared because I didn't want them to get hurt or anything. I was worried," he said.
Zogby said police and the girls' father are very proud of them, and said they did a wonderful job.
"This started off as a pretty scary situation but ended great," Zogby said.
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