According to Pelham Manor police, a Manor Lane resident was at home when two men attempted a brazen afternoon burglary Tuesday afternoon.
The woman was on the phone just after 3 p.m. Tuesday when she heard footsteps inside her house, on her staircase. Thinking her husband was home unexpectedly, she called out and went to offer him a greeting.
Instead the woman was terrified when she saw two strange men, both about 5'8 and in their mid to late 20s, making a fast retreat down the stairs and out her side door.
Her neighbors had also noticed the suspicious characters. According to the police report, a witness saw one of the men turn the side door knob and smile at his accomplice when he discovered it was unlocked. The witness told her son about the men and he didn't think their description matched that of his neighbors. So when the two suspects bolted from the side door, he had already made his way over to check on his neighbor's house.
The neighbor confronted one of the suspects as he ran toward Pelhamdale Ave., who he described as possibly Hispanic with a stocky build and shaved head. The second suspect, who the homeowner described as possibly Hispanic with a short, crew cut hairstyle, retreated in the opposite direction when he saw the neighbor, running back past the homeowner toward Esplanade and dropping a bag of items taken from the house.
Police did not find either suspect and the investigation is open.