Two men attempting to walk away from the area of a break-in at a downtown clothing store this past Monday morning with an armload of merchandise are now in jail, thanks to the quick thinking of an anonymous citizen.
Arrested were Deciderio T. Palencia of Grandview, 18, and Juan Luis Barragan of Sunnyside, 21. Both are being held on charges of burglary in the second degree and possession of stolen property in the first degree.
The men were arrested shortly after Sunnyside police responded to the anonymous tip, which claimed two suspicious-looking males were loitering in the alley behind Audel's Fashion store in the 400 block of South Sixth Street.
Upon investigation, police spotted two men, fitting the caller's description walking near Sunnyside Central Park. When officers attempted to contact the men, one bolted and ran. The suspect was captured a few blocks away.
Police said they found the suspects were in possession of nearly $4,000 worth of stolen merchandise, which reportedly had been taken from the Sunnyside business, which police say was burglarized earlier that morning.
All of the stolen merchandise was identified and returned to the store owner.
"We thank the citizen who took time to made the call to our department," said Erica Rollinger, a department spokesman.
"Because of his alert actions in calling the police, we were able to solve the crime," Rollinger said.
Citizens are reminded to call 911, anytime they have information regarding crimes or if they see a crime in progress.