Christmas comes early for young Florida crime victim

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (NBC) -- Christmas came early for a young Florida crime victim.

Ashley Bermudez,11, was alone in her Orange County home Tuesday, when three teens broke in and stole Christmas gifts and other items, including a vehicle.

Despite being terrified, Ashley was able to call 911 as she hid in her bedroom closet. Police responded, but the suspects: age 18, 16 and 14 were able to get away in the stolen vehicle. They were arrested after they crashed it several miles away.

The Christmas gifts were returned to Ashley’s family, but that didn't stop a local charity from stepping in. They gave Ashley and her siblings bikes and other items for the holiday.

Ashley says she feels like she was brave, despite being scared.

"I think I was. I told myself not to cry because crying doesn't help with anything," said Ashley.

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