Two South Brunswick teenagers were charged with burglary on Sunday after a township resident alerted police to a potential break-in.
Breanna Woods, 18, of South Brunswick, and a 17-year-old male from South Brunswick were both charged with burglary and possession of a controlled dangerous substance late Sunday afternoon. The 17-year-old male was also charged with resisting arrest after attempting to flee from officers, according to police.
At 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, a Joseph Court resident observed a female standing in front of a nearby house while a male walked back to the rear of the home, according to police.
A few minutes later, the female also walked to the rear of the home. The observant neighbor then called South Brunswick Police to report the incident.
Officers George Vit and Michael Leung soon arrived and found an open sliding glass door at the rear of the home. The male suspect ran from the residence just as the two officers began to search the home, police said.
Officer John Niper was still outside the residence at the time and pursued the 17-year-old. The male suspect ran through backyards before running across Princeton Gate Boulevard onto Toby Drive, according to police.
Niper soon caught up with the suspect, tackled him, and took him into custody with the assistance of Officer Timothy Hoover, police said.
As they continued searching the residence, Officers Vit and Leung located Woods, who was allegedly still inside the residence. She was taken into custody without incident. The officers recovered a small amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia from the suspects, according to police.
Woods was processed at police headquarters and released after posting $1,000 bail. The 17-year-old male was released to a parent.
"This is yet again a great example of community members getting involved and making a difference," Chief Raymond J. Hayducka said via release. "The tip the caller gave combined with excellent police work led to the suspects capture. The officers and citizen deserve special recognition for their efforts in stopping this crime."