Teen credited with foiling burglary

August 5, 2009 2:43:33 PM PDT
A New Jersey boy is being credited with disrupting a burglary spree. The teen called police when two suspects allegedly started breaking into his home.Jeremiah Alexander is a typical teenager, a bit forgetful when it comes to his parents' advice. But there's one lesson they taught him when he was 6 years old, something he's never forgotten and that just may have saved his life.

"'If there's ever a problem, call 911,'" he recalled them saying. "'Don't call us, call 911.'"

That's exactly what the 13-year-old did on Friday, as a group of men was trying to break into his home in Lacey.

It started when the suspects began knocking on the front door and ringing the bell. What they didn't know was that Jeremiah was in the basement, home alone. He knew not to answer the door and kept working on the computer.

"That's when I saw one person run by that window...and one person look in that window," he said. "So I hid behind a chair, and he started banging really hard on the window. That's when I ran upstairs."

He pulled out his cell and called 911, and the dispatcher told him to go into his parents bathroom and locked the door. Outside, one man was cutting through the window screens, while the other desperately tried to break through the kitchen window.

"I was about to cry and fall on the ground and start crying, but the operator kept me calm," Jeremiah said.

At the time Jeremiah had no idea that his actions had far-reaching effects outside of Lacey, to surrounding towns, where officials were also dealing with a rash of burglaries.

"They have now been linked to other residential burglaries in Brick and in Colts Neck, New Jersey," Lacey police Lieutenant James Veltri said.

The pair was connected with as many as 20 burglaries. Jeremiah will receive a proclamation for his quick thinking, and his home is now fully alarmed, while his parents hold him a little closer.

"It shook us up a lot," dad Bruce Alexander said. "It could have been much different if he hadn't been so smart."

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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