WEBER COUNTY, Utah – Police took two people into custody after an alleged burglary that made for a frightening experience for two young West Weber girls Wednesday morning.
A 13-year-old girl and her younger sister were inside a home near 3700 West and 1400 South when two people allegedly broke into the home around 10:15 a.m. and stole several items.
According to a press release from the Weber County Sheriff”s Office, the 13-year-old girl saw the suspects come to the front door, but she didn’t answer because her parents weren’t home. The suspects attempted to kick the door and gain entry, and the girl went to a bedroom and called 911, taking her sister with her.
The suspects eventually entered through a side door and rummaged through several rooms. A responding officer was able to stop one of the suspects as he was driving away.
The two girls were not harmed.
The suspects were identified as 50-year-old Robert Keith Paul of Roy and 31-year-old Amy Nicole Hulse of Ogden. The suspects were booked into the Weber County Jail on charges that include residential burglary and theft. Paul was also charged with possession of methamphetamine.
Police officials stated in the press release that they interviewed the suspects and returned some stolen property to the owners. They said they believe the alleged crime was random rather than directed specifically at the family.
Police urged parents to speak to their children about safety when home alone, including locking all doors and windows and being able to reach a phone to contact authorities in an emergency—as was the case Wednesday.
“The courageous actions of the 13 year-old girl in this case probably prevented the situation from becoming much worse,” The release stated.