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Ft. Thomas Homeowner Confronts Teen Burglars

FT. THOMAS, Ky (Joe Webb) -- Scary moments for a local businessman who found burglars in his home early Tuesday morning. Police say the teens broke into the home on Walker Road at 3 a.m.

Local 12's Joe Webb says the two teens in custody face serious charges. Ft. Thomas police call it a night full of bad decisions. First bad decision: stealing a pickup truck in Covington and taking it for a joyride. The joyride ended when the teens drove through some yards on Walker, then got stuck at the bottom of a hill. A tow truck was there hours later, trying to recover the truck.

Police say bad decision number two: the teens walked up the hill and broke into businessman David Hosea's home, confronting him and his wife. He told police they tried to hit him with a pair of bolt cutters and threatened to kill him. It's not clear if the pair got away with anything. Hosea got them to leave the house and he called police.

Two hours later, police from Ft. Thomas, Newport and Southgate were on the scene. Officers saw the pair walking a few blocks away on North Ft. Thomas Avenue, near St. Catherine church, and caught them.

They're charged with robbery and receiving stolen property.  Sgt. Casey Kilgore with Ft. Thomas police, explains why they face a more serious charge of robbery. "The confrontation in the house was serious enough to change this from a burglary to a robbery. A burglary is when someone enters a building and tries to commit a crime. A robbery, it's a little bit more serious, where there is either force or threat of force. So in this case the charge is going to be robbery based on what happened during that confrontation."

David Hosea tells his story to Joe Webb, coming up at 5. According to him it was pretty scary when the teens threatened to kill him. He and his wife are okay. He's going to do what he can to make sure the teens are punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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