GRIFFITH | Police arrested two men Monday after catching them before they could leave a home they had burglarized, authorities said.
David Woods, 19, of Gary, and Shane Parks, 19, of Chesterton, were each charged Wednesday with felony burglary, Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance said in a news release.
If convicted, both could face six to 20 years in prison, Mance said.
A woman in the 900 block of Wheeler Avenue called police about 12:15 p.m. and said a man who was driving a green compact car came to her door and kept ringing her doorbell.
After the woman yelled she would answer the door shortly, the man quickly returned to the green car and left the area, Police Chief Greg Mance said in a news release.
Sgt. Todd Dawes checked the block and saw the car parked in a driveway with the engine running.
He found two men in the car and saw a large-screen TV, a game system and jewelry box in the back seat, police said.
The men said they were visiting a friend, but the officer noticed they were very nervous, the release said.
Other officers arrived and found evidence of a break-in at the home, police said.
Officers recovered the items taken from the house, "as well as additional property that will likely be associated with burglaries that have occurred recently in neighboring towns," Mance said.
"Arrests like this show that the citizens of Griffith and the Griffith Police Department are working in unison to send a strong message that crime will not be tolerated in our community," Mance said.