Homeowners scare off attempted burglars, deputies say

Authorities search for men caught on camera

SANFORD, Fla. – A couple was able to scare off two young men who were trying to break into their home Thursday afternoon, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Homeowner Sally Jalbrzikowski said she saw a man at her front door, while another man tried to get into the back of her home through a sliding glass door.

The husband was outside behind a shed around noon when he heard noises coming from the pool area. He walked over to find a young man in a red shirt trying to open the sliding glass doors, the incident report said.

"The doorbell rang and kept ringing and ringing," she said. "I got up to answer it and there was a young man standing here facing toward the street."

Jalbrzikowski said she opened the door and told the man to stop. That's when he asked for someone named Andy and walked off.

The wife was watching the man walk away when her husband ran through the back door yelling that someone was trying to break into the house.

"I'm very nervous, because if my husband wouldn't have been here, that sliding glass door was unlocked, and that man could have been inside the house with me," Jalbrzikowski said.

Jalbrzikowski's neighbor said she saw the whole incident, and that she was just getting home when she thought something was off.

"There were two men standing in Sally's driveway and I knew something was suspicious, so I just sat in my driveway and watched for a few minutes," Charlie Windisch said.

That's when she saw them run off.

"I noticed one of the gentlemen running from her backyard, so I grabbed my phone real quick and snapped a few pictures," Windisch said.

Jalbrzikowski said what happened has left her and her husband on edge.

"They were probably going to rob us if we weren't home," she said. "I think the fact that we were home changed their mind."

Detectives describe the two men as being in their 20s. They added that as the men left the area, they got into a black sedan.


Anyone with information is asked to call the Seminole County Sheriff's Office at 407-665-6650 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).

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