by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 9, 2011 at 6:50 PM
PUYALLUP, Wash. – A nanny’s quick actions led to the arrest of two burglars who broke into the home where she was babysitting last Friday.

The burglars pried open a door on the side of the garage, then parked a van inside so they could load it with stolen items, said homeowner Jack Yam, who was at work when it happened.

The nanny quickly took Yam’s 3-year-old daughter to the upstairs bathroom and locked the door.

“[She] tell me daughter, ‘Be quiet, there’s a monster inside the house,'” Yam said.

The nanny called Yam, who quickly called Puyallup police.

Meanwhile, Yam’s cousin-in-law, Sambat Po, raced to the house and tried to enter through the front door.  But the burglars were holding the door closed, so he could not enter.

Suddenly, the garage door opened and the van backed out, just as police officers arrived on the scene, Po said.

“The officers had to rush out of the way so they didn’t get hit,” said Puyallup Police Captain Dave McDonald. “Then, at gunpoint, they took the two individuals down.”

The van was stolen, McDonald said, and officers found a firearm inside the vehicle.

Police returned the stolen items to Yam, although one of the TVs was damaged. Yam is simply grateful everyone is OK.

“She’s a nanny, she’s a hero,” he said. “She saved my daughter’s life.”