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Local shop hails kids as heroes after crooks attempt break-in

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Belt couldn't be more happy with Vinny, Tyler, Talon and Breanna who all helped. Belt couldn't be more happy with Vinny, Tyler, Talon and Breanna who all helped.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

One local shop is hailing four kids as heroes after they had a break in on July 19th. It happened at the gas station on Indian Trail right next to Yoke's.

It's the third time in three months that Richard Belt's shop has been hit and he says it's frustrating. The crooks threw a brick into the store door and broke in, stealing around 50 packs of cigarettes then fled.

However, help to save the shop by four friends who come in daily was on the way. "It's irritating, it needs to stop," said Vinny Epefanio, one teen who helped save the day.

Vinny, Tyler, Talon and Breanna live nearby. Breanna noticed something was up. "I tried to call my dad but I couldn't even type the numbers in, I was just nervous," said Breanna Barnes, another teen who helped save the day.

Instinct kicked in. "We just started chasing them," said Breanna.

"I thought I was going to stay in the house but my mom said, 'Go get them!' so I sprinted out," said Vinny.

Vinny, the track and field star, sprinted down the block, "I didn't have enough time to put shoes on."

That's when police were driving near the area. "We kept chasing them and then they got out of breath and that's when we saw a cop drive by and so we were yelling at the cops to slow down and stop," said Breanna. "I just wanted to help out the neighborhood. It's not right to do that at all."

For that, Belt couldn't be more happy with Vinny, Tyler, Talon and Breanna who all helped. "I think they've been raised well. They are good kids," said Belt.

Police told KHQ the two teens who broke in, were arrested and charged. They say there was a third person involved but they don't have a good description.

While what those customers did was brave, police say don't run after thieves in any situation because it could be dangerous.

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