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Children hide in closet during burglary in Deltona, deputies say

Xbox, iPad stolen

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Two children who were home alone Monday afternoon hid in a closet while someone broke into their home and stole electronics, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the father of the 8-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl was at the store when his children called at 12:30 p.m. saying someone had knocked on the front door, then a few moments later, they heard glass breaking in the master bedroom at their home on Courtland Boulevard.

The man told his children to go into the boy's room, lock the door and hide in the closet. The burglar or burglars still were able to get into the locked room and stole an Apple iPad that was lying on the bed, according to the report.

Deputies said an Xbox was also stolen.

In a 911 call, the children's mother is heard frantically seeking help as she drove her vehicle to the house.

"Please, yes, my kids are there," the mother told dispatchers. "I'm at work. My husband went out like for a couple of minutes and then my, my daughter told him that someone is knocking on the door."

The mother also told the dispatcher that her two children heard a window being broken.

"Someone is on the window and I'm just so scared. Send someone. I'm on my way," the mother said.

On the call, the woman said that she and her husband were able to communicate with the children through the FaceTime app on their iPad.

"What I want you to do is call them back and see what's going on. Try to get on the phone with them as long as possible, but be safe when you are you driving," the dispatcher is heard telling the mother.

The children were not injured and were unable to get a clear look at the burglars.

No arrests have been made, nor has a suspect been identified.


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