By Jim Patten
LAWRENCE — A neighbor's timely call to police helped them catch two men believed to have stolen a flat screen plasma television from a Chester Street home Tuesday night, police said.
Officers went to Chester and Brookfield streets about 9:27 p.m. for a report of a man breaking into the yellow house on the corner.
A caller told police the men put a television in the back of a black SUV and left with the lights off. The caller watched them travel down Dracut Street toward South Broadway and was able to read the license plate.
Officers John Bernard and Michael Montecalvo pulled in behind the SUV and Officer Charles Carroll III pulled in front stopping the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo on South Broadway just before Andover Street. Police said they saw a flat screen television on the back seat.
The caller, who did not want to be identified in the report fearing retribution, told police they saw one of the men, later identified as Jose Villagas, 29, of 99 Dracut St., break the side window at 46 Chester St., and climb into the apartment, and put a television in the hallway.
Villagas then ran down Chester Street toward Dracut Street and returned a few minutes later with the black SUV.
Villagas and the driver, identified as Emilio Jiminez, 28, of 500 Haverhill St., take the television from the rear hallway and load it into the SUV and drive away.
The callers told police they believed Villagas was the ex-boyfriend of the woman who lives on the first floor.
Villagas was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, receiving stolen property over $250.
Jiminez was charged with receiving stolen property over $250.