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Police say burglars in Beverly caught in the act

Posted by Ryan Mooney  November 16, 2012 12:59 PM

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A Beverly woman returned to her home on Access Road on Wednesday afternoon to a frightening surprise: an unknown man exiting her residence.

Police received a call from the woman just after 2 p.m., according to a police report, in which she stated that she observed the man exit the home and get into a grey pickup truck with wooden ladder racks.

She told dispatch she would be going to the North Beverly Plaza to await police arrival, and that after following her a short distance, the truck turned onto Route 128 South.

Police stopped the truck on the highway a short time later and detained Ruben Contreras, 33, of Lynn, and Angel Millan, 36, of Peabody. They were arrested after the victim positively identified Contreras as the man she saw exiting her home, according to the report.

The officer that made the stop on the highway wrote in his report that Contreras, who was driving, stated he was coming from his friend "Jimmy's" house, but could provide no last name or address for him.

A search of the vehicle turned up a Hewlett Packard laptop that was determined to belong to the victim, as well as several small, unopened electronics, a camera, a printer, $685 in cash. They also found 12 klonopin pills, a single suboxone pill, a small amount of marijuana, and an unknown female's EBT card.

Police believe a split door frame on the victim's residence explains how the alleged burglars gained access.

Contreras will be charged with felony breaking and entering, illegal posession of a Class C substance, illegal possession of a Class C substance with intent to distribute, receiving stolen property, and driving with a revoked license.

Millan will be charged with felony breaking and entering, illegal possession of a Class C substance and receiving stolen property.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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