Cops: Brothers Break Into Home While Homeowner Inside

POCONO TOWNSHIP — Two people are in custody in Monroe County after they were caught breaking into a home near Tannersville and then found hiding at a supermarket, according to police.

Pocono Township police said brothers Jonathan Garcia-Aviles and Juan Luis Garcia-Aviles, both from Scranton, are responsible for breaking into the home while the homeowner was inside.

Investigators said one of these suspects was armed with a rifle.

Detectives spent the afternoon investigating outside the home that police said the men targeted.

Neighbors said this type of crime is very unusual for the quiet street in the Scotrun area.

“I just advise everyone on the street, lock your doors, keep your doors locked,” said Jill Besecker of Scotrun.

The homeowner, who refused to go on camera because he was too upset by the incident, told Newswatch 16 he was upstairs at the time. He said around noon he heard a loud bang downstairs. When he got downstairs, he came face to face with one of the suspects.

Pocono Township police said the brothers drove to the home on a small motorcycle.

When they got there, one broke the window of the door and entered the home.

The homeowner said he chased the suspect outside and ran into the second suspect who was holding a rifle. The homeowner went back inside and called 911.

Police said the brothers took off on the motorcycle and drove to a supermarket about a mile down the street where they were caught.

Neighbor Jill Besecker said she was at the grocery store when the two were arrested.

“Luckily, no one was hurt and the people are apprehended now. We have excellent police in this town,” said Besecker.

The two brothers are in the Monroe County Prison facing burglary and assault charges.

One of the men is also wanted in Lackawanna County.