Suspects break into home while frightened kids hide in closet

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FORT BEND, Texas — Three suspects who broke into a Mission Bend home while three frightened children hid in a closet have been arrested and thrown in jail.

Christine Thomas, 31, Shalinda Montgomery and Bernard Renfro, 27, are charged with burglary of a habitation.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a burglary in progress call around 10:48 a.m. Wednesday for a home in the 8200 block of Elmsford Court.

A girl, 16, said she was hiding in a closet with her 13-year-old brother and 6-year-old sister after they heard someone break in.

Deputies were dispatched immediately to the home and found two women inside loading up on goods, but a man who was with them managed to flee the scene.

A helicopter unit began to search the area and a K-9 officer, Rudy, was deployed.

Rudy tracked the suspect to the 8200 block of Ivy Point and he taken into custody.

Deputies found the vehicle used by the suspects and it had inside a television, computers and other items from the house. Renfro was caught wearing a Mickey Mouse watch he stole from the house.

Thomas, Montgomery and Renfro were booked into the Fort Bend County Jail.

Rudy was praised for his assistance by FBCSO. It was his 38th apprehension in two years.

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