DELTONA, Fla. - A frantic mother could only call for help as a group of burglars broke into her Deltona home while her children were still inside.
The woman's children, 13-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy, however, were able to give deputies a key clue which led to four arrests in the case.
The siblings hid in a closet when the intruders forced their way inside, pounding on doors and windows before entering on Thursday.
The kids acted quickly, and the 13-year-old called 911 as the four men broke into the home in broad daylight.
"Someone broke into the house?" asked the dispatcher.
"Yes," the girl said.
"OK, are you still in the house?" asked the dispatcher.
"Yes. They've been knocking. I have no idea how they got in. They just broke in right now," the girl said.
As the men smashed their way in, banging could be heard in the background and there was nothing a panicking mother could do as she also called 911 on her way home from work.
"Oh, my God," the mother could be heard saying.
"Ma'am, what room are you in?" asked the dispatcher. "Where are you?"
"I am, I am in
-- in Maitland. I'm 40 minutes from the kids," the woman said.
Officials said that the next day,
Kenneth Beauford, Javonte Porter, Jason Realford and Courtney Tillman broke into a home on Croton Avenue. One of the burglars was seen on surveillance video pulling a gun as they stole jewelry and a laptop, then they left startled as the homeowner pulled up.
Deputies said their white Lexus SUV, spotted by the children the day before, is how they were able to identify the suspects, all of whom are under 25.
The four men are facing multiple charges, including armed burglary.