Girl, 13, disrupts Fort Mill home invasion

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comNovember 8, 2013 

— A teenage girl’s scream possibly thwarted two burglars who deputies say forced their way into her Fort Mill home Wednesday.

Deputies were sent to a Farmcrest Court home around 10:15 a.m. after a 13-year-old girl reported that two suspects tried breaking into her home but fled in a red car, possibly a Ford Escort, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. The girl told police that one of the suspects wore a gray hooded sweatshirt with black pants, and the other wore a red vest with a red, white and blue toboggan.

Deputies issued an alert to local police agencies to be on the lookout for suspects matching those descriptions, the report states.

The girl told police that she was in her room when she heard the doorbell ring, the report states, and saw two men standing at the front door. They rang the bell repeatedly before one of the men went to the back of the house and forced the back door open. The other man soon joined him and they both went inside the house, according to the report.

When the girl saw the men inside, she yelled at them to get out of her house, the report states. Both men fled and left in the red car. The girl was unable to jot down the car’s license tag, but told deputies it appeared to have a paper tag on the front with blue writing.

A neighbor told police he saw the car shortly before the incident, the report states. Deputies were able to lift fingerprints from the back sliding door.

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