Strangers With Cameras Barge In On Home Alone Kids

Boys tell cops strangers walked around home taking pictures and reminiscing about old times.

Three strangers pushed their way into a home where two young boys were home alone, reports said.

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Oak Lawn police responded to a suspicious activity call in the 9600 block of South Merton Avenue around 5:41 p.m. Oct. 20.

The mother said she went out for a while and left her sons, ages 12 and 13, home alone. When she returned home, her sons said that three strangers—one male and two females—had pushed their way into the house.

Police interviewed the 12-year-old who said he heard the doorbell ring and went to answer the back door.

The 12-year-old said three strangers stood at the back door—a man and two women— and asked if an adult was home. Police said the adults told the boy that they used to live at the house and would like to see the inside.

The boy called for his 13-year-old brother, who told the strangers that his mother was out and they could not come in.

As the older boy tried to shut the door, the man stuck his foot in the doorway and pushed his way into the house. Once inside, he told the women to join him.

The boys said the three adults walked around the house reminiscing about old times and taking pictures with their cell phones. The adults said nothing else to the boys and left the house after a couple of minutes.

The three strangers were described as:

  • A male Hispanic, approximately 20 years old, five-feet-ten-inches, thin build, short black hair;
  • Female Hispanic, believed to be the male’s sister, also approximately 20 years old, five-feet-four-inches, thin build, with shoulder length black hair.
  • Female white, approximately 20 years old, five-feet-six-inches, long blond hair, black frame glasses and acne.

Police said the mother would sign complaints.

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Maureen Hughes October 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Sounds like they were casing the house. Parents: Teach your kids to NEVER open the door when you're not home!! This could have been a way worse story!
Kelly October 26, 2012 at 06:52 PM
This sound very strange to me. Isn't it now against the law to leave children, under the age of 14 home alone {not judging, just asking}?? And, even if you do leave your children home alone, isn't the first rule to the kids NOT to open the door to strangers?
Janet October 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM
sounds to me like these people would have broke in if the kids didn't answer. No one has the right to force their way into the house. If in fact the people did live in the house the police should be able to track them down.
Steve T. January 23, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Obviously they are not mature enough to be left home alone. Parents, teach your children not to answer the door and to call 911 when something like this happens. Now that these suspects have taken a tour of the house including taking pics, I think it's time to move.


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