ALLENTOWN, Pa. | Authorities allege that a pair of Allentown men used a stolen car to break into a North 14th Street garage last month.
Philip J. Rivera and Luis A. Cruz, both of West Linden Street, face a handful of conspiracy charges in connection with the less-than-subtle, early-morning burglary attempt that was caught on the homeowner’s surveillance camera.
Allentown police were dispatched to the 900 block of North 14th Street about 3 a.m. Jan. 25 for a report of a burglary in progress. The homeowner told officers that the intruders damaged the doors of his garage to get inside, according to the criminal complaint. Authorities said a juvenile was also involved.
Police said video from the homeowner’s Ring surveillance camera showed a green Honda CRV twice back into the garage doors. The video reportedly shows three people standing around the garage, while the driver backs the CRV into the doors, according to court records.
One person slips into the garage, while the other two wait outside, according to police.
Shortly after responding to the burglary call, officers spot a vehicle matching the description on Russell Street. The vehicle speeds away, and police find it again at 11th and Early streets. Everyone in the car ran, and officers apprehended Cruz, Rivera and the juvenile a short distance away. Court records do not specify the…