An alert neighbor is credited for helping police catch two teens who allegedly stole a chainsaw, tools, and more from a local home.

On Thursday around 12:45 p.m., the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office received a report of a burglary in progress at a home on Route 42 South in the Town of Thompson.

Deputies responded to the scene and arrested two 17-year-olds at the rear of the home.

The teens drove to the home on an ATV, police say. They allegedly broke into the residence by throwing a rock through a rear window.

The teens are accused of being in possession of a stolen chainsaw, tools, an electrical testing meter and collectibles.

“In this case an alert neighbor saw something suspicious and called the police immediately,” Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff said. “It was a text book arrest.”

Both were charged with burglary, a felony, and misdemeanors for criminal mischief and petit larceny. Both were arraigned before Town of Thompson Court and sent to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail.

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