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Cary teen recalls frightening home break-in attempt

Posted August 7, 2014

— It's one of parents' worst fears – their child is home alone, perfectly capable of being so – when someone tries to break in.

It actually happened Tuesday afternoon to 14-year-old Skyler Trantham, of Cary, and her 11-year-old sister, who were watching TV while they waited for their parents to get home from work.

Skyler said Thursday that she first realized something was wrong when two men arrived at her front door around 2:45 p.m. and rang the doorbell.

The girls didn't answer. The men left, and about 15 minutes later, returned and started kicking in a back door.

Skyler says she and her sister ran into a back bedroom to hide.

"I called 911, and I'm like, 'There's somebody trying to break into my house. Send somebody now,'" she said Thursday.

The would-be burglars looked in the bedroom and spotted them.

"(I thought), 'Are they going to come in here and hurt me or are they going to kill me or something?'" she said. "I didn't know what was going to happen."

Luckily, the suspects fled in what Skyler says was a white Ford Flex with a black roof.

Cary Police Capt. Randall Rhyne says the girls' reactions were textbook examples of what to do in such a situation.

"They did exactly the right thing by finding a safe place and calling 911 and staying on the phone with the dispatcher until police arrived."

Mom Birgul Trantham was working when her daughters texted her about what happened.

"I was going crazy," she said. "I'm very proud of them."

Police are still looking for the two men.

Investigators said one of the men as black, in his mid-20s or early 30s, about 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds. He has short, curly hair and a full beard and mustache.

The other is also black, about the same age, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 180 pounds. He had patchy facial hair and short dreadlocks.


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  • Ronnie Merritt Aug 8, 2014
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    Thank goodness the kids are ok! Nothing else matters at this point!

  • Cary Tom Aug 8, 2014
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    It seems a gun wasn't necessary. These guys ran the second they saw someone was home and I doubt their intention is to now show up and committ a more serious crime against the girl. Though it the perverts out their I worry about

  • disgusted2010 Aug 8, 2014

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    Its all about entertainment, filling space, generating advertising hits, journalism, at least at WRAL, is dead.

  • solarcableguy Aug 8, 2014

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    I don't disagree with that either. The parents should not have let their children be pictured in any media related to this issue.

  • bg4wd Aug 8, 2014

    You can fault WRAL but fault also lies with the parents in letting their child be pictured during the interview too.

  • solarcableguy Aug 8, 2014

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    Completely agree! Totally irresponsible journalism.

    Most locks don't seem to deter criminals these days. Door braces that prevent successful kick-ins, door jamb reinforcements, updated locks such as the Medeco Maxum 11WC60L, a dog, security alarms including panic alarms, internal deadbolt locks for windowed doors, motion sensor lights and cameras for the home perimeter, firearms, and firearms training seem to be the best bets.

    WRAL and other media outlets often protect the perps by not issuing a description right away or ever, but show pics of the victims or potential victims. What is up with that?

  • raleighboy524 Aug 8, 2014

    Really questionable decision by the parent and WRAL to seek and use this story with the images of the teen. With perps on the loose, they might encounter, recognize her. The perps know she knws what they look like so there might be a reason for them to try ot harm her.