After Teenager Thwarts Robbery in Rio Vista, the Burglars Try to Hide Under His House
With guns drawn, cops make sure no burglars made it inside after finding two robbers underneath the home.
Photos by Eric Barton
A pair of would-be burglars tried to break into a home in the quiet Fort Lauderdale neighborhood of Rio Vista this afternoon and were thwarted by a 15-year-old.
The boy was inside when the burglars tried to get in. He called his mom, who called police. Fort Lauderdale cops surrounded the house in the 1000 block of SE Seventh Street. The burglars then tried to hide by ducking into the crawl space underneath the home.
The police blocked off the streets around the home and
waited, hoping the would-be burglars would come out on their own. When they didn't, the cops called SWAT and canine units. About 2 1/2 hours after the standoff began, a Fort Lauderdale police German shepherd chased the two out from under the house.
One of two would-be robbers.
Cops hauled the two would-be robbers onto the sidewalk about 5 o'clock, when neighbors waiting to get home at the end of the day snapped photos with their phones. The two looked to be teenagers themselves, both shirtless and wearing baggy pants that had fallen to their feet.
Det. Travis Mandell, the department's spokesman, said no information was available on the robbers or the kid brave enough to break up their heist.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Broward / Palm Beach, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.