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Police: NJ girl, 6, thwarts burglary attempt while home alone

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:26 a.m. HST, Nov 23, 2011

WANAQUE, N.J. >> Police are crediting a 6-year-old for keeping her cool when a stranger entered her house while she was home alone.

Police say the girl locked herself in a bedroom and called her mother, who called 911 Tuesday. The man ran off.

Wanaque Police Detective Capt. Thomas Norton told The Record newspaper the girl gave a great description and officers arrested a man on burglary and theft charges about 10 minutes later.

Norton says the girl was home sick from school and that her mother left the home just before 2 p.m. to get her something. Norton says the man told them he entered an unlocked basement door after he saw the mother drive away.

The child's name was not released.

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