Entries in Burglars (3)


Guide Dog Chases Burglars From Blind Woman’s Home in Philadelphia

iStockphoto(PHILADELPHIA) -- The guide dog of a blind woman is probably getting a few extra treats after chasing out intruders from her home early Friday morning.

According to police, the incident started around 3 a.m. when at least one teenager broke into the 54-year-old woman’s home in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia. The intruders entered through her basement door. Their voices woke up the woman, and that's when her guide dog took action, and chased them from the house.

However even after the intruders were gone the woman was still in danger. According to police, the intruders had turned left her gas stove on without igniting the burner, so her home started to fill with natural gas.

“[It was a] very dangerous situation,” Francis Bachmayer, a captain at the Philadelphia Police department, told reporters. “At 3 o’clock in the morning it could have been a very serious situation. Thank god there were no injuries.”

After chasing the intruders from her home, the guide dog led the woman to her phone so she could call 911. After police arrived, they were able to get the woman to safety and turn off the gas without it igniting.

After an investigation, police arrested 18-year-old Tomayo McDuffy on burglary charges. According to ABC News station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, McDuffy is a one of the victim’s neighbors.

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Florida Boy’s 911 Call Helps Police Nab Burglars

Comstock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A brave 11-year-old boy’s phone call from a closet helped police catch three thieves ransacking his family’s Miami Beach, Fla. house while he was home alone on Friday.

The boy, whose identity is being concealed, heard a loud crash when his mother went out for a jog. As burglars broke into the home through a glass door and began to rummage through drawers, he immediately retreated to a closet in hopes of hiding safely, bringing a phone with him to dial 9-1-1.

“I was scared, I was shocked. All that went through my mind was ‘Please don’t see me. Please let them not see me. Please let the police catch them,” the boy told ABC News.

“I hear them breaking things. I hear things falling on the floor,” he said. “They weren’t speaking English. They were speaking like Russian or Haitian or maybe Spanish or French or something.”

Minutes later, Miami Beach police arrived on the scene, and successfully apprehended one of the suspects. The other two were caught hours later.

Willie Devell Travis Cuyler Jr., 20, Lance Matthew Riley, 20, and Terrance M. Young, 21, were arrested in connection with the break in, according to ABC Miami affiliate WPLG.

The boy received a medal from the Miami Beach Police Department to thank him for his courageous efforts.

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Minnesota Man Who Shot Burglars Fired 'More Shots Than I Needed'

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LITTLE FALLS, Minn.) -- A Minnesota man who allegedly killed two suspected burglars Thanksgiving Day and kept their bodies in his home overnight before reporting the deaths to police said he fired "more shots than I needed," according to a criminal complaint.

Byron David Smith, 64, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder Monday for the shooting deaths of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nicholas Brady, 17. Smith appeared at a preliminary hearing in court Monday but did not enter a plea.

The Little Falls man is being held on $2 million bail and his attorney, Gregory Larson, did not respond to a request for comment.

Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said "a person has every right to defend themselves and their homes, even employing deadly force if necessary."

In this case, however, authorities said they believe Smith crossed the line.

Smith told police he was sitting in his basement Nov. 22 -- Thanksgiving Day -- when he heard a window break upstairs and then footsteps, according to the complaint.

He first saw the feet, then the legs, then the hips of the intruder. Smith said he believed he fired twice at Brady with a Ruger Mini-14 rifle, causing the teen to tumble down the stairs, according to the complaint.

Smith then dragged the body on a tarp to his basement workshop.

Several minutes later, he told police, he heard more footsteps and waited until he saw Kifer's hips as she descended the staircase.

"After shooting the person, she tumbled down the steps," according to the complaint. "Smith stated that he tried to shoot her again with the Mini-14 but the gun jammed."

At this point, he told police, Kifer laughed at him, describing it as a short laugh because she was in pain. But he said it "made him upset," the complaint said.

"If you're trying to shoot somebody and they laugh at you, you go again," he told police, according to the complaint.

As Kifer gasped for air, Smith dragged her body next to Brady's, according to the complaint, and placed a handgun under her chin and fired what he told police was a "good clean finishing shot" that went "under her chin up into the cranium."

Neither of the teens had a weapon, but Smith told police he was afraid and had been burglarized in the past, according to the complaint.

Police said Smith called neighbors Friday, asking if they knew any lawyers. When the neighbors said they did not, Smith asked them to call authorities, according to the complaint.

Police responded to the call Friday and Smith led them to the teens' bodies.

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