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Boy hides under sheets, calls for help in burglary [911 tape]

Aurelio Hernandez_As a burglar pillaged his Valinda home, a 15-year-old boy hid under his bedsheets Wednesday morning and gave key details to an emergency dispatcher who sent sheriff's deputies to the scene.

"I just heard the window break," the boy tells the dispatcher, according to a copy of the 911 tape.  "I think someone's in the house."

Calmly, the boy provides details to the dispatcher. She asks how old he is.

"I'm only 15," he says.

911 Tape: Listen to call for help

As the burglar gets closer, the boy whispers, "He's coming."

"Were on our way," the dispatcher says. The dispatcher then advises the boy to hide under some blankets.

At one point, the 42-year-old intruder was rummaging through the room where the youth was hiding, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday night.

When deputies arrived at the home in the 16800 block of Lawnwood Street, the suspect acted as if he lived there. But the deputies knew it was a ruse, thanks to the boy's call, and arrested Aurelio Hernandez, authorities said.

The Valinda resident was being held Wednesday night in lieu of $50,000 bail.


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Photo: Aurelio Hernandez

Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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