A 14-year-old girl bravely confronted and scared off a burglar who tried to enter her family’s Loma Linda, California, home on Tuesday, July 7.
Alison Thormahlen, who lives in the 11000 block of Vollmer Drive in the small San Bernardino County city, reported the invasion to her mother after a man tried to enter their home around noon that day.
The suspect entered the house through an unsecured door at the back of the garage and walked into the kitchen. Unlocked residential windows and doors are thought to be responsible for an estimated 30% of all home invasions and burglaries.
But the would-be thief was in for a shock when he saw the teenager looking right at him.
The suspect then fled, according to San Bernadino deputies, and Thormahlen called her mother, Jennifer, who then called 911.
No injuries were reported during the incident, and no property was taken from the home. At the time of the incident, Allison was also home with her younger siblings.
According to Thormahlen, the suspect looked at her and said “Oops, wrong house,” before turning and leaving.
Detectives also said that a suspicious-looking vehicle was seen in the neighborhood right before the incident occurred. They are searching for a tall, thin adult black male, believed to be in his mid-20s, last seen wearing dark clothing and driving a 1990s Honda Civic or Accord; the car is dark-colored and may have had some damage to the front hood.
Thormahlen said that she and her siblings are fine, but still scared. Her parents said they won’t be able to rest easy until the suspect, still at large, is apprehended.
Anyone who has any information is asked to call the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department at (909) 387-3545.