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Girl, 13, keeps cool as home is ransacked

By Jenna Duncan
Globe Correspondent / January 20, 2011

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A 13-year-old girl was praised by police after she hid under her bed as a man broke into and ransacked her Billerica home at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

The girl sent a text message to her father, said Detective Sergeant Roy Frost, and then called the police as she hid under her bed while the unidentified man stole three laptops, a large amount of change estimated at about $500, an iPod, and possibly some jewelry.

“The little girl did a fantastic job staying calm and calling us, letting us know what was going on,’’ said Frost. “We had direct communication with her.’’

The man had gained entry by kicking the side door of the two-story home off its hinges, and by the time they responded, the suspect had fled, police said. The intruder never knew the girl, who was not injured, was under the bed, police believe.

The intruder was described by police as a man in his late 20s to early 30s with facial hair. At the time of the break-in, he was wearing a blue winter hat with red and white stripes. He is also believed to have been wearing boots, police said.

No further information was immediately available.