HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – Three men accused of breaking into a home in Hollywood were caught after a teen inside the residence kept his cool and alerted police by calling 911.
Police say around 11 a.m. thieves smashed a back window of the house on Monroe Street. The teen said he was awoken by his dog barking and called 9-1-1.
In the emergency phone call, the teen is heard calmly giving a description of the break-in.
9 11 Operator: Do you need police rescue?
Teen: Hello there’s been a robbery. I caught them in the act and they saw me and they ran out the door.
9 11 Operator: What kind of vehicle did they leave in? Describe it.
Teen: a 2003 Nissan Sentra.
9 11 Operator: Did you see any kind of weapon?
Teen: No all I saw is a crowbar
Police say after that call, an officer observed the vehicle at Hollywood Boulevard and I-95. The officer followed the car to Hallandale Beach Boulevard and NW 8th Avenue, where they say a felony stop was conducted.
Hollywood Police arrested Kadeem Johnson, 20, Jerry Powell Jr., 27, and Dexter Powell, 25. All live in West Park.
“He did the right thing, he was calm,”said Tere Springer, neighbor of the teenager who dialed 911.
Springer says there have been other break-ins in the neighborhood and she wants a greater police presence.
“Hollywood is like other cities, short on money, but if they need to have more police they need to hire them.”