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Small dog plays big role in catching serial car burglary suspects

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A small dog played a big role in capturing two teenage boys accused of going on a crime spree in Salem.

Police caught up to the teens in the 1200 block of 8th Street Northwest early Thursday morning.

The two boys, just 14 and 15, are accused of nearly 20 car break-ins, and officers believe they attempted to steal from 75 more vehicles.

"The dispatcher told me that night that I should tell Daisy, ‘Good dog,'" Amber McMurray said, who credits her 8-year-old dog Daisy with alerting her to the thieves. "And I said, ‘Yeah, I'll give her a biscuit.'"

The Jack Russell Terrier mix isn't your typical guard dog, but she started barking at the kitchen window at about 3 a.m. Thursday, McMurray said.

She looked outside and saw two young teenagers in the parking lot of the apartments across the street.

"I could see them acting weird, and one of them had a backpack on, and the other one was looking in the backpack with his flashlight," she said. "And then they kind of separated, and one went over here, and they started looking though all the cars."

McMurray said she watched the teens go from car to car, checking to see which ones were unlocked. Police told FOX 12 that if the teens were able to break in, they'd take small stuff like loose change or other items that people left in their vehicle. McMurray called 911 and watched as cops searched the neighborhood for the suspects.

"Pretty soon I heard the cops say 'Get on the ground!'"

The teens are accused of stealing from at least 18 vehicles, and officers say they tried break into 75 more, all in one night.

McMurray hopes the kids learn a valuable lesson from their run-in with the law.

"Well, I just hope it scared them to death," she said.

Police say both boys were released to their parents and are facing a long list of charges, including theft and violating curfew.

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