A 13-year-old from Whitehall stopped thieves in their tracks, helping police apprehend a suspect wanted for multiple burglaries.
According to officers, the 13-year-old boy was playing video games on a Sunday afternoon when the suspects broke into his home.
The teen recalls how he reacted to the incident. “Nervous. Just a little bit nervous. Trying to find out what to do. My first thing was to call 911,” he says.
Officers say the suspects used a box cutter to cut through a screen and then used another tool to pry open the window.
The teen hit a window and made a loud noise to scare off the intruders.
Officers say the group of young adults and teens is suspected of breaking into houses in the area.
Stephen Smalls lives nearby and he says he was also a victim of the recent burglaries. “I was coming outside, I was going to go to the store and I see that my window was busted. So I went and looked inside. They done took everything out of my car.”
Across the street, Clarence Alexander says thieves walked into his back yard to steal his air conditioning unit and later returned to steal his old washer.
Whitehall police officers arrested one suspect of the suspects believed to be connected to the burglaries, but they are still trying to track down the others.
Residents in the area say they tend to see a spike in crimes once school lets out for the summer.
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 614-237-0693.