Teenager Hides In Upstairs Closet During Break-In

By: AP
By: AP

A teenage girl hid upstairs in a closet Tuesday while someone broke open the front door of her home in Pueblo. Police believe the break-in is linked to a series of electronics burglaries.

According to the police report, the 14-year-old girl was upstairs in the home on Heather Court when she saw a black Ford Explorer parked on the street near the mailbox. She heard someone knocking at the front door, but the knocking quickly turned to pounding.

Then, she heard the door break open and the girl hid in her brother’s closet while she tried to call her mother at work.

The teen spoke to a receptionist who in turn called the police department.

The girl’s mother also rushed home and was there when officers arrived.

The family checked the home and did not believe that anything was missing. The teen believed that the suspects had gotten inside, but left when they found that the television in the living room was on.

Police wrote in their report that they had found distinctive boot prints in the snow near the front porch, a front window and the driveway. The heel of the prints had a pattern of four circles.

The family involved asked KKTV not to reveal their identities or address. They said they were terrified by the experience and still concerned for their safety.

While investigating this break-in, the officers were called away to help catch suspects in another break-in on Iroquois Road. Those three suspects, Bobby Sanders, Eric Maes and Filiberto Solano, were arrested after a chase that ended with their Dodge Durango ramming police cruisers, and a foot chase.

Now, Pueblo police tell KKTV 11 News they believe those three suspects are also responsible for the break-in on Heather Court and a string of others.

Police say they’ve been investigating a series of burglaries in which electronics were taken from area homes. The group would knock on doors in broad daylight, and break them down if nobody answered.

Sanders, Maes and Solano, are suspected of being involved in those crimes.

Additionally, police are looking for two brothers who may be connected to the crimes. Police have a warrant for Richard Quintana, who they suspect of working on another burglary last week with Bobby Sanders on Lynwood.

Officers also want to question Richard’s brother, Adam Quintana.

Anyone with information should contact Pueblo Crimestoppers at 719-542-7867 or online at: http://www.pueblocrimestoppers.com/


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  • by Whistling Pines Gun Club Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 29, 2011 at 07:13 PM
    !4 is not to young to own, be properly trained and be proficient with a firearm. This is a (somewhat) happy ending, but what if the break in turned into an assault? Many of our members have kids who have been shooting since they were 9 and 10 years old and we wouldn't want to have to go up against any of them. www.whistlingpinesgunclub.com
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      by Whistling Pines Gun Club on Dec 30, 2011 at 12:42 PM in reply to Whistling Pines Gun Club
      Correction, an 11 year old can't own a gun, the parents can own the gun and responsible supervise its use and training...
  • by rev zombie Location: tennessee on Dec 28, 2011 at 08:38 PM
    these 3 look like a fine bunch of idiots,, too lazy to get a job and like to rip people off.. put em in a cell with bubba.. break into my house,, we shall have fun or at least i will
  • by mpls on Dec 28, 2011 at 07:57 PM
    District attorney, handle these people! Get them OFF the street! 10 real time years.
  • by Trev Location: C/S on Dec 28, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    Their are some real sickos in this world. Who know what these guys would've done to this girl if they found her. That why I will always support the right to bear arms, and teach your family gun safety instead of hiding your guns from them. This could have been alot worse. Thank god she is ok!
  • by Been there Location: COS on Dec 28, 2011 at 06:28 PM
    Same thing happened to my daughter last year. She hid under the bed while our house was burglarized by a heavy set shaved head man. There was a black Explorer spotted in the area too most likely driving around picking up loads of our stuff. I sure hope it is the same people. I am so happy the girl hid and is safe.
  • by Joan Location: Peyton on Dec 28, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    Poor kid, she did the right thing, whether she called her mom first before 911 or not, at least she hid and made the calls, she was no match for 3 robbers. God bless you sweetie, and make sure you go to talk to a professional to get through this trauma, you don't have to live with this scare forever!
  • by Trish Location: Pueblo West on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:27 PM
    I guess the TV did have a useful purpose in this case.
  • by melvin on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:16 PM
    Bunch of crooks.
  • by C* on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    Too bad that somebody wasn't on the other side of that door - with a loaded gun! I'm glad the girl is okay, but the mental anguish isn't going anywhere anytime soon, thanks to these scum bags!
  • by Jim Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 28, 2011 at 04:36 PM
    Hope these scum get the book thrown at them.
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