Teens Thwart Burglary Suspects | NBC Connecticut

Teens Thwart Burglary Suspects



    Matthew Avery and Kevin Richmond were charged in a Plainfield home invasion.

    Two 14-year–old girls thwarted robbers while watching a movie on Sunday afternoon.

    The first sign that something was amiss was the knocking on the kitchen door of Cheyenne Harris’ Plainfield home, then the sound of a window screen being removed, the Day of New London reports.

    Afraid, the girls hid in a cement staircase and called police.

    “We were thinking that it wasn’t my brother, and, all of a sudden, we started hearing people run through the house,” Cheyenne told the Norwich Bulletin. “That’s when we decided to call 911.”

    The attempted burglary happened as a big parade was going on, police said. Soon, officers surrounded the house.

    The girls stayed silent.

    Matthew Avery, 24, tried to get away, police said. That's when he came across the girls in the bulkhead, the Bulletin reports.

    “He asked, ‘Who are you?’,” Cheyenne told the newspaper. “And he went running into my brother’s room.”

    He might have asked who the girls were, but police said Avery lives two doors down from the Harris household.

    When police found him hiding, he put up a fight and was bitten by a police dog.

    The other suspect, Kevin Richmond, 30, escaped cops and was found in Avery's basement, police told the Bulletin. Avery's wife told police where Richmond was hiding, officials said.

    Avery was treated at William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich for the dog bite and released into police custody.

    Police said both men have substance abuse problems and had court dates later this week for unrelated charges: Avery for domestic violence, Richmond for operating a vehicle with a suspended license and violating probation for a larceny conviction.    

    They had been charged with disorderly conduct, home invasion, interfering with an officer, risk of injury to a minor, criminal attempt to commit larceny, second-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree larceny. When they appeared in court, authorities substituted second degree burglary charges for the home invasion charges. Their bonds were set at $150,000.