“He’s trying to get in everywhere,” Girl’s quick-thinking helps police catch alleged career criminal

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BOSTON, Mass. – A 12-year-old girl is being credited with helping police catch a career criminal, who was trying to break into her home.

The little girl was home alone when she heard someone trying to pry open the doors in her family’s home.

She immediately ran upstairs and called 911.

“I’m upstairs in a closet. I’m trying to hide and I don’t know what to do,” she told dispatchers.

While on the phone, she started recording video of the man walking around outside.

“He’s trying to get in everywhere. He keeps trying to knock on the back door and tug at it. Now, he’s banging on the garage,” she said.

She was able to describe the alleged trespasser and even snapped a picture of him.

“She gave us an excellent description. Very accurate, and the suspect was apprehended a short distance away,” Det. Sgt. Scott Mills, with the Auburn Police Department, told WCVB.

Police arrested 53-year-old Clinton Joyce, who has a long history of breaking and entering.

While he never made it inside the home, it was still a violation of his parole and probation.

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