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Quick-Thinking Teen Foils Burglars

Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies are praising a 14-year-old Modesto boy for his smart thinking Sunday afternoon.

He was alone at his family's Maze Boulevard home when someone knocked on the door. The teen didn't know who it was and decided not to answer. Deputies say a few minutes later, he heard three men climb through his bedroom window and start rummaging through the house. The teen, then locked himself in the bathroom and called 911. Deputies say the teen exhibited a maturity and calmness most adults don't exhibit.

"There's 3 people entering your home and you don't know who they are and you don't know their intentions. You don't know if they're dangerous or not. So, the smart thing to do - which this kid did is to get on the phone and all 911 right away and go hide somewhere," says Deputy Andrew Winter of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrived in four minutes, but all three suspects took off, jumping fences and heading for neighboring yards. All three were eventually caught. Deputies aren't sure what the alleged crooks were thinking attempting a daytime break in on ultra busy Maze Boulevard.

"Either bold or unintelligent," says Deputy Winter.

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