Two men allegedly tried to break into a home in Howard Beach Tuesday afternoon and were later captured by police.
The attempted burglary occurred at a home near 161st Avenue and 81st Street around 6 p.m. A witness said the two men, whom she described as being black, knocked on the front door of the house and then went toward the back when no one answered and broke through the glass door.
A neighbor who saw the break-in called the cops, who responded quickly, scaring the thieves away. At least one of the attempted burglars was caught several blocks away near St. Helen Church about a half hour later.
The 106th Precinct has seen a pattern of burglaries in the communities it covers, but mainly targeting Hindu families in Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park, who have gold religious items inside. Police say thieves identify the homes by their religious flags outside.
There was a rash of burglaries in Howard Beach reported in the weeks after Hurricane Sandy.