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Three teenage girls were alone in a home when a thief broke in

Home alone break in

Three teenage girls learned some valuable lessons after surviving through a break and enter.

The girls, all age 14, had gathered at a home in Glenmore for the evening. Nobody else was home.

Paula, whose daughter was one of those at the gathering, says the girls were in the hot tub when her daughter had a feeling something was wrong.

She said the girls took a few steps inside, and heard noises coming from upstairs.

Turns out, a man had broken into the house.

The girls went back outside and made eye contact with the intruder through an upstairs window.

Instead of calling 911 immediately, Paula says the girls decided to call a parent, who then called police.

In the meantime, the intruder apparently locked a door and, despite knowing people were at the house, didn't leave right away.

Police believe the man entered the garage and part of the house.

Paula says the house was "ransacked," but it has not yet been determined what, if anything, was taken.

Looking back, she says the girls realize they made some mistakes that they hope others can learn from.

"Trust your gut," she said. The girls had apparently decided to call 911, but continued to debate the decision and called a parent first.

She says two of the girls phones had died while the other had very little battery life left, leaving them vulnerable if they had to call someone or leave a phone line open.

And, they were unsure if the front door had been locked.

RCMP are continuing to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppers.net or call 1-800-222-8477.



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