BRADENTON, FL. - Two men have been arrested after a homeowner spots them attempting to burglarize her Bradenton home.
At around 11:50 am Wednesday, deputies responded to two burglaries in progress that both occurred minutes apart and were in the northwest area. They were both reported by alarms at residences. The first occurred in the 1600 block of 71 St. N.W. and the second occurred in the 7700 block of 20 Ave. N.W.
Witnesses told deputies that the subjects were driving around in a white work van posing as construction workers. The first two burglaries were to unoccupied homes. It does not appear that anything was stolen, but there was forced entry into the homes through broken windows. Once the alarms went off the subjects fled the area.
At around 1 p.m., a third burglary occurred in the 4900 block of 52 Ave. W., Bradenton. The victim was inside her home when the two suspects, 23-year-old Thomas Barrett and 19-year-old Chancey Williams, started banging on her door. They then went to the back of her residence and cut the pool cage to enter the home. The victim called 911 and deputies responded. Once inside the residence, the suspects saw the victim and fled the residence.
Deputies were able to get descriptions of the suspects and the suspect vehicle. A short time later, the vehicle was stopped and Williams and Barrett were arrested on multiple counts of burglary.