Samuel Saunders (left) and Johnnie Newkirk are accused of burglarizing a home on Englewood Avenue in Bridgeport. Saunders was found sitting on a toilet inside the home, according to police.
Police interrupted two burglary suspects in Bridgeport, including one who was found sitting on a toilet inside the Bridgeport apartment he allegedly broke into and ransacked.
A neighbor called police at 4:18 p.m. Tuesday and said two men were breaking into a multi-family home on Englewood Avenue. The caller stayed on the phone until officers arrived, providing them details on the two men, according to police.
One of the men fled out the back of the house, but police entered the home in a search for the second suspect. There they found Samuel Saunders, 34, of Meriden, sitting on the toilet in a bathroom with the door closed, police said.
According to police, Saunders claimed to be a victim and told officers he ran and hid in the bathroom when he heard someone breaking into the apartment. When asked by officers, Saunders said he didn't live in the apartment, but said he knew the owner and had permission to stay there.
Police contacted the owner, who told them he didn't know Saunders and that no one had permission to be in the apartment. Saunders was arrested.
Officers also caught up with the other suspect, Johnnie Newkirk, 38, of Bridgeport, a few blocks away.
Police recovered a pillow case filled with items inside the apartment.
Saunders and Newkirk were both charged with second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and interfering with police. Both men were held on $50,000 bond.