VASSALBORO, Maine — A local teenager did “all the right things” while two intruders were burglarizing her home Tuesday, according to police.
The 16-year-old girl, whose name police would not release because of her age, hid in a closet and spoke to authorities on a cellphone while a man and a woman went through dresser drawers on the other side of the door, Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty said Wednesday.
When one suspect, Andrew Prior, 23, of Rome, opened the door and saw the girl, he fled the scene, but the girl was able to give police a description of the getaway car driven by Gypsy Carron, 22, also of Rome, and the suspects quickly were captured, the sheriff said.
“She didn’t confront him and she went into the closet and stayed out of the way until she was discovered,” Liberty said.
Prior and Carron were arrested after leaving the scene, Liberty said, and both were charged with burglary and criminal mischief.
Both suspects remained at the Kennebec County Jail on Wednesday, with Carron’s bail set at $5,000 and Prior’s at $20,000. Prior, whom police say broke into the home, has a previous burglary charge on his record and was on probation for that, according to Liberty.
“This isn’t his first burglary offense,” Liberty said.
The girl was home alone at the time of the burglary, according to Liberty. He added that the suspects pulled into the driveway and Carron knocked on the door. When the girl didn’t answer, Carron got back in the vehicle and pulled out of the driveway while Prior smashed a window to gain entry.
The girl subsequently ran down the hall and into the closet, where she first telephoned her mother, then called police.
Liberty said the girl’s description of the getaway car proved to be critical.
“They had just pulled out and were leaving when the police arrived,” he said.
Maine State Police Troopers Sean Porter and Derek Record assisted at the scene, Liberty said. The girl was not injured and the suspects did not get away with anything from the home.