Two men were arrested after they broke into occupied homes in Tolland early Sunday, using a stolen bat from one to destroy things and stealing an unusual item from a second — wedding cake.
Zachary Jurewicz, 24, of Duncaster Lane in Vernon and Eric Rawson, 26, of Henry Street in Manchester were arrested and charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary and other charges, police said.
No one was injured, but a child was home at one of the houses, state police said.
According to the state police, troopers responded to a house on Old Stafford Road about 8:15 a.m. after two men forced their way into the home, occupied by the homeowner and his daughter, a juvenile. They stole several items from the house, including a baseball bat that they used to strike items on the man's property.
The men then broke into another occupied house around the block on Fernwood Road, state police said. The homeowner told police she heard two male voices in her home when she was in her bedroom, and when she left her bedroom she saw Jurewicz and Rawson, one of whom was armed with a baseball bat.
After a brief verbal exchange, the two left the home with a stolen purse, alcohol, a laptop and the top portion of a wedding cake that had been in a freezer, police said.
The men ran into the woods, state police said. Jurewicz was captured with help from a police dog; an Ellington police officer who helped troopers surround the area found Rawson.
Jurewicz and Rawson's other charges were risk of injury to a minor, fifth-degree larceny, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, breach of peace and two counts of sixth-degree larceny, police said.
It wasn't clear Monday whether one or both victims know the suspects.