13-year-old home alone when robbers hit Tempe house - East Valley Tribune: Tempe

13-year-old home alone when robbers hit Tempe house

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Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:50 am

Two men robbed a Tempe home Tuesday while a 13-year-old boy was home alone.

"I was at home and i heard a noise," said Alexis Chavez. "Two guys broke in and told me to cover my face so i wouldn't see them."

Police Sgt. Mike Pooley said the two men allegedly broke into the home through a skylight near University Drive and Price Road.

After hiding under the sheets for some time, Alexis got up thinking the two men had left, but the suspects were still in the home and told him to go hide.

The teenager's mother, Loren Holden, works at a hospital and returned home shortly after the suspects left, police said. Holden then contacted authorities.

"It was just horrible to see him crying," said Holden. "We just ran to the parking lot got, into the car and called police."

Pooley said this is at least the third time in last few weeks where suspects have entered homes through a skylight.

The suspects are described as two black men in their 20s. One suspect is described as bring 5 feet 1 inch tall, muscular build and wearing a red shirt with a white logo.

One of the suspects also has a sleeved tattoo on his right arm.

A neighbor told ABC15 that there have been an increase in burglaries and that their landlord told them to keep their valuables locked up.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tempe Police Department.

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