According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office:
The incident occurred about 9 a.m. when two men rang the doorbell of the residence on Milford Drive in Rossville, then forced their way into the home.
“The (teen’s father) stated that between 9 a.m. and 9:09 a.m., two black males broke into his house and took multiple items,” deputy L.C. Cripps wrote in the report. “He said that his daughter was at home during the incident and called to tell him that someone was in the house as she locked herself in her bedroom.”
The girl’s father quickly went to the home after receiving the call and arrived in time to see the burglars enter their vehicle and drive away from the scene, reports show.
The men were driving a dark blue late-model Chevrolet Impala.
A scan of the residence revealed that the men had pried open the front door of the home.
A tire iron was found on one of the beds in the home, and the security bar from the sliding glass door in the kitchen was discovered on the floor, reports show.
The teen told police she heard the doorbell ring and heard the men attempting to get in the front door, at which time she locked herself in her bedroom and called her father.
A wallet, a pillowcase, a piggy bank full of coins, and several articles of costume jewelry were reported stolen during the incident.
The Chevrolet Impala that the suspects fled in was damaged, which may help in identifying the vehicle, detective Lt. Chris Lyons said.
“After the incident, the witnesses recalled that there was extensive damage to the passenger side of the vehicle,” Lyons said. “With that detailed of a description of the vehicle out there, the more likely it is that someone will see it and help us locate the suspects.”
Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to contact the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office at 706-935-2424.