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Family Hunch Helps Bust Repeat Burglars

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The stockings are hung by the chimney with care in the Boggs home, but Saint Nicholas didn't show up. Instead a couple of burglars made repeat visits, 19/43 News' Wendy Gillette reported.

A couple of weeks ago, Lisa Boggs realized that things were disappearing.

"The first thing I noticed was the lunch money," Boggs said.

After the lunch money was stolen, video games and other items, including CDs, started to disappear.

"I felt really violated," Boggs said. "I thought it was professionals, and our house was being cased out."

Boggs said she realized that someone was breaking into her home through a window, and she noticed that an unfamiliar number kept popping up on her caller ID.

Tuesday morning, Boggs, her kids and her parents pretended to leave the house, and sure enough, the phone rang shortly thereafter.

Minutes later, two teenage boys approached the house. The doorbell rang, and then the boys headed toward the back window.

The teenage thieves crawled into the house, shoved the door open and spotted Boggs and her husband.

One of the boys was able to get away, but the family surrounded the other teen while Boggs' 15-year-old son called the police.

"We just held him here and said, 'How could you do this?'" Boggs said.

"As a general rule, we don't advocate the residents take matters into their own hands, but in this case, they had a hunch," Springfield Township Police Sgt. Garry Moneypenny said. "It's kind of hard to argue with the success in this case."

Police caught the 15-year-old boy who got away. He and the 14-year-old teen captured by the family implicated another 17-year-old girl.

All three are now charged with theft.

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