A New Mexico couple had a burglar crying for his “mommy” after he broke into their home wearing nothing but stolen underwear and a muscle shirt.
According to CBS4, when Zaira Herrera went to open the door of her Vado home on Wednesday, she knew something was off. Initially, she noticed the top lock on her front door was locked instead of just the bottom one.
“I unlocked the door, and as soon as I unlocked it, I noticed both of them were locked.”
Then, when she proceeded to open the door, she noticed a stack of pillows blocking it from the inside. Next, she entered the home to find several lights on before she spotted a shadow inside of the bedroom.
Her husband pulled up soon after, and the couple snuck up on the intruder carrying a bat and knives for protection. Herrera said her husband pinned the intruder down, and instead of fighting back, the burglar began to cry.
As CBS4 reports, Herrera said:
“He was crying for his mom. He was like ‘mommy, mommy.'”
The intruder, Jared Rickman, allegedly broke in the family’s home through the back door, trashed it, made food, showered, tried on clothes, and even put holes in the walls.
The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office arrested the 18-year-old burglar on several charges including burglary and damage to property of over $1000.
Herrera is happy that her children were out with her husband instead of with her when she arrived home that day.
“I think if it was just a regular day with me and the kids, he would’ve heard all the noise, and he would’ve attacked us.”
The mom said she’d even found bags of their items Rickman had packed to steal from their home.
Although things turned out okay for Herrera and her family, Safe Wise advises people not to enter their home, if they suspect a burglar is inside. Instead, one should immediately find a safe space and contact the police.