MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas -- Four teens are accused of doing a terrible thing to an elderly woman who recently became a widow. They broke into her home Thursday while she was away healing from a fractured pelvis and trashed it, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Cumberland for a possible burglary at a home in the River Plantation subdivision.
The first deputy on the scene spotted a teen boy and girl coming from the back door of the home and held them at gunpoint while calling for backup.
More officers arrived in time to see two more teen boys running out the front door and immediately gave chase. Those teens were caught and also held at gunpoint.
Deputies then entered the home and found a big mess. Ceramics were broken, mirrors and picture frames had been smashed and ice cream had been slung across the living room.
A fire had been set on the kitchen counter and a broom was protruding from the wall.
The homeowner’s files, personal checks and clothes were littered across the home, mixed with liquor bottles.
The four suspects – who are all 16 years old – were arrested and turned over to juvenile authorities.
A gun that was stolen from the widow’s home was later found by the father of one of the young suspects. That gun has been turned over to police.
The homeowner just lost her husband five months ago.