SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 15, 2012

Two arrested after woman interrupts break-in at house

By Neil H. Dempsey Staff Writer
The Salem News

---- — BEVERLY — Two men were arrested Wednesday after an Access Road woman returned home to find an unknown man emerging from her apartment.

The woman told dispatchers around 2:10 p.m. that she’d seen a black man exit her apartment and get into a gray pickup truck with wooden ladders on the back, Officer Dave Costa said in an email.

The woman immediately drove to the North Beverly Shopping Plaza to await police, and the truck followed her for a while before finally getting on Route 128 south, Costa said.

“Officers caught up to the truck on the highway and were able to stop it,” Costa said, adding that when they did, several stolen items were in plain view, including a laptop computer.

The woman was brought to the scene of the traffic stop and identified the man as the one she’d seen coming out of her apartment.

Police arrested Ruben Contreras, 33, of 284 Maple St., Lynn, on charges of breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, operating a motor vehicle after license revocation, illegal possession of a Class C drug (Klonopin) with intent to distribute, receiving stolen property, and illegal possession of a Class C drug (Suboxone).

Also arrested was Angel Millan, 36, of 37 Lynn St., Peabody, on a charge of breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, illegal possession of a Class C drug (Klonopin) and receiving stolen property.