SNOW CAMP, NC- A teenage girl is credited for scaring off intruders at her parents’ home with a rifle.
It happened on Lambe Road in Snow Camp around 12 p.m. Thursday.
Kirk Puckett, a spokesperson for the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, said two sisters, 12 and 13, were inside the home when they heard knocking on the front door.
Puckett said when they looked outside, they saw three unfamiliar men. He said the older sister grabbed her dad's rifle.
The suspects then broke in through the back door. Puckett said the 13-year-old pointed the rifle at them, causing them to run away without taking anything.
Neighbors praise the teen for her quick thinking.
“I am in awe of that young lady,” Jackie Garrison said. “To have had that kind of thoughtfulness going on in a time of crisis in her head to where that's what she did, instead of running and hiding. She probably stopped something major from going on.”
Puckett believes the girls had been taught how to react in a situation like that one. He said how one handles something like that is a matter of personal preference.
“There’s a school of thought where folks will say, ‘I’m armed, and if someone comes in my house someone is going to get shot or die,’” Puckett said. “There’s the other school of thought to retreat. Where someone would retreat out of another exit. Go into another room and barricade themselves."
Puckett encourages people to always be vigilant and call 911 if an unfamiliar car or face is spotted.
No arrests have been made. Deputies are investigating whether this break-in is related to others in the county.