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10-year-old helps police nab alleged burglar

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State police say a 10-year-old child helped them to identify a man who broke into a home and stole a purse and a diamond ring.

The burglary happened early Monday morning at a home in Upper Mifflin Township. The child heard a man trying to get into the house and hid.

Once the man broke in, he saw the boy and told him he was out of gas and needed to use the bathroom.

The child's father said his son was very afraid. At one point, the man asked to use the boy's phone, and then left.

"He was so scared, he really didn't know what to do," Mark Richmond said. 

The boy told his parents and police what happened. He was able to give police important clues about the incident. While he was at the police barracks, he recognized a picture of John Rohrbaugh, and told investigators it was the man who broke into his home.

Rohrbaugh was arrested, and the boy's parents say they are very proud of their son.

"He handled it very well," Richmond said. "He is our hero."

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