HOBE SOUND, Fla. — The Hobe Sound woman who chased four burglars from her home Wednesday morning said she wants them to know they can still turn their life around.
"It's time to get a job, get a life and live your life right and get into church," Renee Granlund said hours after she foiled four Broward County men's attempt to rob her house.
Deputies on Wednesday charged Devante Anderson, 19, of the 1100 block of Northwest 40th Avenue of Lauderhill, Michael Williams, 20, 4700 block of Northwest 24th Street of Lauderhill, Leslie Young, 21, of the 3400 block of Northwest 6th Court of Fort Lauderdale, and Marquis McNair, 21, of the 1600 block of Northwest 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, each with felony residential burglary and grand theft, a Martin County Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit states.
McNair is facing an additional charge of violating his probation for burglary.
As of Wednesday, all were being held at the Martin County Jail on $50,000 bail.
About 8:20 a.m. Granlund had returned to her Southwest Helen Terrace home after dropping her husband off at work. She saw a silver Toyota parked in her driveway and asked Young, who was behind the wheel, what he wanted.
He said he was "looking for Amber." She told him he had the wrong house and Young began to drive away. But Granlund noticed Williams, Anderson and McNair climbing out of a window in her house, a Sheriff's Office news release states.
Granlund, who doesn't have a background in law enforcement or the military, began to chase them.
The men had her laptop computer, jewelry and her deceased father's Purple Heart medals in a pillowcase. They were running, holding the pillowcase with the loot in one hand and using the other hand to keep their pants from falling, Granlund said.
"I told them, "They messed with the wrong house and the wrong woman and to drop my stuff," she said.
She got in her car and incessantly honked her horn to awake her neighbors, who began calling police.
Two minutes after 911 received calls for help, a deputy stopped the vehicle about a mile from the home. Williams told deputies he gave Young money to rent the car they used for burglary. Anderson said they picked the house because they didn't think it had an alarm system, the arrest affidavit states.
Though Granlund aided in the men's capture, she said doesn't wish them ill.
"You're young. Turn your life around. I hope they get a relationship with Christ," she said.
Since 2011, 52 "pillowcase" burglaries have been reported in the county with 17 occurring in the Hobe Sound area, the news release states. However, the investigation has not proved if the men are connected to those burglaries.