Police say two Putnam men broke into a Connecticut home and were in the process of stealing jewelry when the residents walked in and interrupted the crime.
Trooper Mark Buglione made the arrests, with assistance from additional officers, during a traffic stop around 1:30 p.m. on April 4. According to officials at the , authorities in New Fairfield, CT had issued an advisory to be on the lookout for a 2003 Honda Civic, as the driver and passenger were allegedly involved in a burglary in that area earlier in the day.
Officials say that the residents arrived home while the theft was in process, and once they did, the suspects fled the scene.
Buglione reportedly spotted the vehicle on Mill Farm Lane in Southeast. He initiated a traffic stop and, after further investigation, arrested Southeast resident Nicholas Martin, 20, and Carmel resident Wesley L. Rivera, 24. Each face a felony fugitive charge. Police also charged Rivera with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor.
Police say they found about $50 worth of jewelry, allegedly taken from the Connecticut home, in the vehicle.
Both men were arraigned before Patterson Town Justice Anthony R. Molé and remanded—without bail—to the Putnam County Correctional Facility, where they awaited extradition to Connecticut.