Teen hides in bathroom during home invasion

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By Jenny Arnold

A 16-year-old girl hid in her bathroom and called 911 after someone kicked in the door of her Springdale Road home Thursday.

According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the sheriff’s office received a call at 12:47 p.m. from a home on Springdale Road. On the way to the home, deputies learned that the teenager had locked herself in the bathroom.

When deputies arrived at the home, they found a side door open. Two deputies checked the residence and found the girl in the bathroom, the report said. She was unhurt, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

The teen told officers that she heard someone knocking loudly on the door. She said she got scared and walked toward the bathroom, and heard the door being kicked in, the report said.

She locked herself in the bathroom and first called her mother, then the sheriff’s office. The teen said she heard the people leave the home.

Another resident at the home arrived and told officers that on Tuesday, two men came to the home and knocked on the door. She said she answered the door and one of the men asked, “Is Snoop here?”

The woman said her mother had taped an envelope containing $23 on the trash can outside to pay for the trash service and it was later discovered missing, the report said.

A witness called the sheriff’s office to report that two men were seen running quickly from the home, and one of them was carrying a gun.

The State Law Enforcement Division and sheriff’s office investigators responded to the area. SLED’s tracking bloodhound searched the area but did not pick up a track, Faile said. Lancaster Police Department officers also assisted in the search.

Officers searched Springdale Road toward S.C. 200 and in the Caroline Court area, Faile said. The search was called off after about three hours.

Officers have been unable to get a description of the men.

Nothing was taken from the home, but damage to the door was estimated at $200, according to the incident report.

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