Police on Monday were looking for a man who tried to burglarize an Edgewood home Sunday night but was foiled by a teenager who called police.
The 15-year-old girl, home by herself, heard a knock at the front door about 5:30 p.m. She looked out the window, did not recognize the man and called her mother, who told her to call 911, Edgewood Police Chief Ed Knutson said.
The girl followed her mother’s instructions, then hid in her bedroom, where she could hear the burglar in another room, Knutson said.
Edgewood and Milton police and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department responded to the house in the 10900 block of 20th Street East.
The girl came down the stairs and left the house when the first officer arrived and began knocking.
The burglar ran out the back door and down a trail, fleeing west to a getaway driver waiting in what Knutson said was a light-colored Jeep. An officer chasing the burglar saw him get into the passenger seat of the vehicle before it drove away.
The burglar and driver later dumped the Yakima-registered SUV in Milton.
Knutson said he wasn’t sure if the burglar had taken anything but that he didn’t appear to be carrying anything when he fled.
Police described the burglary suspect as a young adult. There was no information about age of the driver.
“At 15, she did the right thing by calling,” Knutson said of the young woman.alexis.krell@ thenewstribune.com 253-597-8688 blog.thenewstribune.com/crime