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A 10-year-old American girl experienced her own version of the classic movie Home Alone, when three burglars broke into her house.
Paityn Mock, from Washington State, was home sick from school 10 days ago when she heard the doorbell ringing repeatedly, news website Columbian.com reports.
She peaked outside and saw a teenage boy wearing a red and black jersey through the front window.
As she called her mum about the person at the door, she heard someone enter the house.
Paityn hid in the pantry and called police.
"I'm at my house, my mum's at the grocery store and someone got into my house," she told the dispatcher, according to ABC.
Police asked if she was able to leave the house safely, and she told police she would try.
"I felt really nervous and scared," Paityn told Columbian.com. "But I didn't exactly pour my eyes out."
She decided to break for it, and hid behind a tree in the front yard.
"Just keep trying to hide. You're doing good, OK?" the dispatcher told her.
Meanwhile, Paityn's mum Jenn Mock was racing back home.
Paityn saw her mum arrive and enter the house, and began to yell.
"Mummy! Mummy! No! Don't go in there," she said.
Police arrived at that moment arresting one of the alleged burglars while the other two got away.
Paityn's mum told Columbian.com said she was shocked at how calm and collected her daughter was during the incident.
"I can't be more proud of her," she said.
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