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Burglary suspects, surprised by Treadwell homeowner, nabbed on I-95

Updated 4:22 am, Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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  • William Lopez, 33, of Bridgeport was charged with trying to burglarize a Treadwell Avenue home Tuesday after the homeowner told police he interrupted the attempted crime. WESTPORT NEWS, CT 3/5/13 Photo: Westport Police Department / Westport News contributed
    William Lopez, 33, of Bridgeport was charged with trying to burglarize a Treadwell Avenue home Tuesday after the homeowner told police he interrupted the attempted crime. WESTPORT NEWS, CT 3/5/13 Photo: Westport Police Department

 

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Two Bridgeport men, who police said were surprised in the act of attempting to burglarize a Treadwell Avenue home Tuesday afternoon, were captured as they fled town on Interstate 95.

The incident took place when a Treadwell Avenue homeowner called police to report he had interrupted the burglary attempt about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, arriving home to find a Green Honda Civic that he did not recognize parked in the driveway.

The homeowner confronted a man, later identified as William Lopez, 33, of Jewett Avenue in Bridgeport, who said he was looking for a landscaping job.

After entering the house, the owner said he found a second man, Phillip Rivera, 26, of Bunnell Street in Bridgeport, in a bedroom.

However, both men fled without further incident, according to the report, driving from the scene in the Honda. Officers on patrol were notified of the incident and began monitoring likely escape routes.

Officers Marc Heinmiller and Tom Casimiro spotted the men's car entering I-95 at the Sherwood Island Connector and heading north. The car was stopped a short distance away by Exit 19, and the homeowner was driven to the scene, where police said he identified Lopez and Rivera as the would-be burglars.

The men were taken into custody and brought to Police Department headquarters, where they were booked on multiple charges.

Lopez was charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and third-degree conspiracy to commit burglary. His bond was set at $75,000 and he is scheduled to appear March 15 at Norwalk Superior Court.

Rivera was also charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and third-degree conspiracy to commit burglary. His bond was set at $100,000 for a March 15 appearance at Norwalk Superior Court.