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October 12, 2015 -- A terrified but quick-thinking 11-year-old girl locked herself and younger brother in the bathroom while a burglar rummaged through their home.

The parents of Annabelle Sanders were away on errands when Andre Russell Jr., 18, allegedly broke in their home through a window.

Police say Russell fled when they arrived, but was captured after jumping a fence in an effort to escape. Police recovered a stolen iPad.

The crime was reported Oct. 5 and occurred in Tampa, Fla.

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Tampa's top cop made sure a brave sixth grader was lauded for her actions when a burglar broke into her home as she babysat her 7-year-old brother.

Annabelle Sanders, 11, didn't just get a pat on the back but a round of applause, a plaque, mug and a miniature badge for her actions on August 28.

Annabelle's mother had just run out to do a quick errand when she heard a noise.

Someone was pounding on the door and that someone got inside.

Thanks to Tampa Police coming to her school to lecture students on what to do during an emergency, Annabelle sprung into action.

She called 911 while hiding with her brother in a locked bathroom.

"Ok... I think someone's knocking at the door and it sounded like someone was at the window and I think they broke through," Annabelle frantically told dispatchers.

In tears, Annabelle did what she could to stay calm.

"I am just really scared and I don't know what to do," Annabelle told dispatchers.

At the time, dispatchers were unaware they were talking to an 11-year-old girl.

"He's coming! He's coming! He's coming, please I need to be quiet," Annabelle frantically whispered.

Within minutes, police showed up and the burglar took off.

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  1. in the olden days wild monkeys we're tookin care of, now they are free to roam and coddled.