Police: Riverhead men caught during burglary, eventually

10/31/2011 4:00 PM |

A burglary was interrupted last week after police busted two Riverhead men trying to steal a juke box and other items from a Flanders garage, authorities said.

Southampton Town Police said Jerome Daniel Trent, 53, and Jonathan Downing, 48, were caught after a neighbor spotted the pair taking metal items from the garage and called police about 2 p.m. Friday. But police said when officers arrived at the Maple Avenue home, the pair said they were just there to “clean up” the property.

Detectives were then calledback  to the scene and found the would-be thieves were in fact stealing the goods with the intention to sell it for scrap metal.

Both men were charged with third-degree burglary.