Davie police are calling a teenager brave and calm, characteristics that can be heard on an edited 911 call released Friday, after strangers broke into the home he shares with his mother.
"Some guys just broke into my house," the boy tells a dispatcher in a clear, soft voice from inside his locked bedroom. "It's happening right now. I can hear them outside my door. I saw them when I opened the door before."
The family lives in the Orange Tree Lakes development in the 1000 block of Southwest 128th Drive in Davie, Sgt. Ed Smith said Friday.
The call goes on for more than five minutes as the teenager describes the suspects, and said, "They're moving stuff, it sounds like. They smashed the back door."
Also heard on the tapes were neighbors who reported strange men were jumping their fences as police closed in about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Three of four suspects were in a Broward County jail on Friday: Courtney Clark, 23, Calen Terlonge, 21, and Detrick Myers, 22. The fourth, Grecia Medrano, 23, was released.
They all face charges of unarmed burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand theft and other offenses, police said.
The teenager was credited with helping police make fast arrests of the four suspects, Smith said.
"Because he stayed calm and collected the entire time and stayed undetected, he gave us the information and descriptions to be able to take them into custody," Smith said.
When officers got there, they saw two suspects running from the residence and two in a parked car. The two in the car were taken into custody.
One of the fleeing suspects was quickly captured, and a Davie Police K-9 found the second suspect trying to break into another home to hide, the agency said.
A search of the suspects' vehicle revealed stolen property from another burglary in Broward County, detectives said.
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