Police in California have released the heart-pounding audio recording between a quick-thinking 14-year-old girl hiding in a closet inside her Orange County home and a 911 dispatcher as burglars made their way inside the house.
After hearing a suspicious knock on the door followed by noises, the teen — whose parents were not home at the time — ran into a bedroom closet and called police.
Orange County dispatcher Candace Moran took the scared teen’s call.
“She was a very easy informant,” Moran told ABC News. “Sometimes you get adults who can’t even remain that calm, we were trying to figure out where she was, and she was very descriptive.”
The teen, who was not identified, told Moran of her exact location in the house.
“I’m just kind of scared to be honest,” the brave teen whispered, according to the recording.
She never broke down — even as she hears the burglars enter the house.
“They’re inside. Should I go out?” she asked the dispatcher.
Instead, Moran told the teen to remain in the closet. At the same time, police can be heard entering the home.
The call doesn’t not end there. The frightened teen even thanked Moran before hanging up.
“She acted bravely and courageously,” Lt. Jeff Hallock told ABC News. “The only other thing that we would recommend if someone suspicious knocks on your door is to somehow make sure they know you’re home without having to open your door.”
The burglars, two boys who have not been identified, were only able to break a rear window before hearing sirens and fleeing on foot. They were arrested soon after.
The suspects are currently being held in the Orange County Juvenile Hall while police investigate whether they might be linked to other recent break-ins in the neighborhood.