BLAINE, Maine — Maine State Police credited a 14-year-old from Blaine in helping locate a woman who allegedly broke into the teen’s family’s home and attempted to burglarize it on Thursday morning.
Doris Tardy, 50, of Blaine was arrested on charges of burglary, theft of drugs and possession of Oxycontin, according to a Maine State Police press release issued Thursday.
The alleged incident that led to the arrest of Tardy began about 10:30 a.m., when the teenager, whose name was not released, was home from school.
The teen saw a strange car in the driveway and then found that a woman had entered the house, police said.
The teen, who remained hidden as the woman traveled throughout the home, heard her opening doors and rummaging through drawers, police said.
The teen snapped a photo of the suspect’s vehicle and was able to obtain a license plate number, police said. The teen then called his or her parents, who returned home and arrived as the woman was exiting the front door, police said.
The parents called state police.
Trooper Patrick Pescitelli was able to identify the suspect, and with the help of Trooper Adam Stoutamyer, arrested Tardy.
“The state police commend the child’s quick thinking and keeping … safe during the ordeal,” Maine State Police said in the press release.