Two Medford residents tried to break into a home on Woodland Road in Malden and fled in broad daylight Friday morning, police said.
Joleen Drohan and Kenny Laguerre (right), both 26, were arrested after a brief search, Malden Police Captain John Amirault said in a statement. A police was already in the area when the crime occurred, thanks to a call from a witness who thought Drohan and Laguerre looked suspicious, Amirault said.
"This is a clear example of the need for citizens to report suspicious activity to the police, coupled with a quick response from officers to thwart a crime," Amirault said in a statement.
Police received a call at about 9:30 a.m. reporting a man and woman walking in the Glenwood Street area who were going door-to-door, peering into homes, according to police.
While police were in the area, an attempted house break with the resident at home occurred on Woodland Road. A man broke a window and attempted to unlock a door at the home, but fled when the homeowner started to scream, Amirault said.
The resident was able to provide police with detailed descriptions of both suspects. Police Sergeant Ted Meroski was working a construction detail when he spotted two people matching the descriptions on Savin Street, police said.
A witness positively identified Drohan (left) and Laguerre as the suspects and they were arrested without incident, Amirault said. Both are charged with breaking and entering in the daytime.
Drohan and Laguerre were arraigned in Malden District Court Friday, where bail was set at $5,000 for Laguerre and $1,000 for Drohan.