Clinton Joyce, suspect arrested by APD in connection with attempted break ins on Hampton St. Submitted Photo courtesy Auburn Police

Clinton Joyce, suspect arrested by APD in connection with attempted break ins on Hampton St. Submitted Photo courtesy Auburn Police

A 12-year-old Auburn girl was startled by a man attempting to break into her home Monday afternoon.  But she did not panic. Instead, she called 911, hid in a closet until the burglar left, and even shot a short video of the suspect as he walked from her backyard toward a neighboring home.

After calling police, the girl phoned a friend who was out shopping at the time. The friend and the friend’s mother raced to the Hampton St. home, where Auburn Police had already arrived.

Auburn Police reported that they received the 911 call about 3pm  for an attempted break in on Hampton St. With the help of the girl’s description and quick actions, APD’s Sergeant D. Lamoreaux and Officer T. Kuchnicki was able to locate the suspect walking down Rt. 12 in Auburn a short time later.  An Auburn K9 was also able to locate a pry tool believe used in the attempted break-ins near the scene of the crime.

The suspect is 53-year-old Clinton Joyce of Worcester who, according to police, is on probation and parole. He has been charged with two counts of attempted breaking and entering in the daytime with the intent to commit a felony and one count of malicious destruction of property.

Clinton Joyce booking photo courtesy Auburn Police.

Clinton Joyce booking photo courtesy Auburn Police.