LDS missionaries thwart home burglary attempt

Posted at 9:27 PM, Apr 25, 2013

MESA, Ariz. - A pair of missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can now be called crime-fighters.

The missionaries were talking to a resident in a Mesa, Ariz., neighborhood when they spotted a guy carrying stuff out of a house across the street. The elders decided to take some bold action.

"My companion was, like, 'Man he's robbing the place,' and I was, like, 'Nah,'" said Elder Corey Brown.

So Brown and his missionary companion went over to talk to the man, telling him that they know who lives in the house...and it isn't him. Brown says the guy started to get nervous.

They followed the man to a getaway car driven by a woman police identified as Cynthia Elizabeth Espinosa-Elizalde.

"We were, like, 'What are you doing here?' and she's, like, 'Oh, I was just at this house right here. I wanted to use their phone.' I was, like, 'Oh, okay,'" Brown said.

The woman asked if she could leave, but the missionaries were able to keep the woman there until police arrived.

The missionaries moved in six weeks ago, but their neighbor says they're more than welcome around there.

"From the time we left, it was a total of four minutes that they got into our house and jumped over. Luckily the missionaries pulled up and were right there to stop them," said Raina Eames, the owner of the home that was being burglarized.

The neighbors were able to get all their property back, but one of the burglars got away on foot.