An emergency call from 11-year-old twins has helped police nab four intruders who broke into their home as they hid in a closet in suburban Los Angeles.

Fontana police Sgt. Billy Green says officers arrived within minutes of Tuesday's midday call and arrested four teenagers.

Green says the suspects thought the house was empty when they kicked open the door and were in the same room as the boy and girl when police arrived.

The dispatcher can be heard on the emergency call urging the youngsters to stay in the upstairs closet, keep quiet and stay calm. The boy on the phone repeatedly says he is scared and pleads for officers to hurry.

Green says the suspects fled the house when police arrived and were arrested after a short chase.