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Emergency Plan Helps Catch Burglar

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. —  A family and their belongings are safe after a man attempted to burglarize their home Saturday afternoon.

Fourteen-year-old Ally Gregg and her 12-year-old brother stayed home while their mom went to the grocery.  Shortly after she left, Gregg heard several knocks on the front door. When she looked outside, she saw a suspicious man pacing back and forth in the drive way.

She and her brother hid in a closet and dialed 9-1-1.   According to Gregg, she peered out of the closet to get an accurate description of the man for police when she saw the man trying to break in.

“I could see his hands prying off the screen and attempting to open the window,” said Gregg.

Gregg remained on the line with the dispatcher until police arrived a couple of minutes later.  Police say she did the right thing by staying calm and staying on the line.

“Probably if she wouldn’t have stayed on the line or even got a good description of him the guy could have got away,” said Sgt. Hamilton of the Grants Pass City Police.

According to police, they found the suspect outside of the home.  He was arrested on charges of attempted burglary, criminal mischief, possession of heroin, and a probation violation.

Gregg said she was able to react quickly and appropriately in the stressful situation because her parents had discussed emergency plans with her and explained what to do in cases like this one.

“No one thinks it’s going to happen, but it could happen to anyone,” said Gregg.  ”I think everyone needs to have a plan – like a safe spot in their house – where they could hide.  Always have a phone like your cell phone or like your home phone.”