An 11-year-old girl was honored by police officials for her role in helping capture an alleged serial burglar who may have robbed 10 homes in Connecticut (video below)
After their home in Stratford, Connecticut, was burgled, as part of a string of burglaries in their neighborhood, police asked the DePietro family members if they had seen anything suspicious. Rebecca DePietro told NBC she decided to draw a picture of the suspect for the police.
“I was like, yeah I can draw a picture of him,” Rebecca said. “It wasn’t like the best picture, it was just a head and some legs and I thought oh he’s probably just going to crumple it up and throw it out.”
Investigators took the drawing seriously, superimposing it and ultimately matching it up with a photo of the suspect, Pedro Bruno. After catching the suspect, Bruno confessed to 10 robberies and police retrieved some of the stolen items.
“It was kind of like payback like you did this and my daughter’s drawing kind of resolved the issue,” said Paul DePietro, Rebecca's father.
Rebecca received a standing ovation at the police honorarium on Oct. 15.
“For us to take that sketch and match it up, it was remarkable,” Stratford Police Chief Patrick Ridehour said.
"I have to give a lot of credit to my art teacher," Rebecca told NBC. Although she's not sure if she wants to pursue forensic art professionally, she's glad that she could help solve this crime.
“Maybe she’s part of our next generation of detectives," said Ridehour.
In August 2015, a 12-year-old girl in Boston also helped police capture a career criminal who was allegedly trying to break into her home. The girl took photos and video of the suspect from a smartphone.