PORTLAND, Maine — A 16-year-old girl was home alone Tuesday night when she saw two suspicious men approaching her house, Portland police reported Wednesday.

According to a news release by Lt. James Sweatt of the Portland Police Department, the two men used a ladder to enter the Luke Street home through a second-story window.

The girl called her mother, who called 911.

“The girl’s mother told dispatch that her daughter had locked herself in a closet and could hear the men inside the home,” Sweatt said. “Portland police officers arrived on scene and immediately located the girl and escorted her to safety.”

Police then found Tyler I. Dias, 21, and Kevin S. McCannon, 22, both of Portland, hiding in the basement of the home. They were found in possession of stolen property from the home and arrested, Sweatt said.

Dias and McCannon face charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and violations of conditions of release. Dias was out on bail from a previous charge of theft, and McCarron was out on bail from a prior charge of trafficking in prison contraband, Sweatt said.

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.