Two Charged In Thwarted Westport Home Burglary

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From left, Bridgeport residents Philip Rivera and William Lopez were charged with burglary in Westport. Photo Credit: Contributed: Westport Police Department

WESTPORT, Conn. – Two Bridgeport men were arrested and charged with burglary in Westport on Tuesday after a resident came home and found the men there, police said.

At about 2:30 p.m., police received a call about an interrupted burglary at 28 Treadwell Ave., police said. Upon arriving home, the homeowner saw an unknown green Honda Civic parked in the driveway and a man, later identified as William Lopez, outside, the police report said.

When confronted by the homeowner, Lopez said he was looking for a landscaping job, the report said. The homeowner then went inside and found a second man, later identified as Philip Rivera, in a bedroom, police said.

The suspects drove away in the Honda, police said. Officers Marc Heinmiller and Tom Casimiro spotted the Honda entering I-95 north at Exit 18, and the suspects were stopped near Exit 19, the report said.

The homeowner was escorted by police to the scene and positively identified the men, police said.

Rivera, 26, was charged with third-degree burglary, a felony; possession of burglary tools, a misdemeanor; and conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, a felony. He was held on $100,000 bond and is set to appear at Norwalk Superior Court on March 15.

Lopez, 33, was also charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary. His bond was set at $75,000, and he is due in court March 15.

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