Salem police charged two Swampscott brothers with breaking into a Salem residence on Friday.
John J. Larkin, 20, of 93 Essex St., Swampscott, was arrested on two charges of breaking and entering at night with intent to commit a crime, according to Salem police.
Phillip A. Larkin, 19, of 93 Essex St., Swampscott, was arrested on a charge of breaking and entering at night with intent to commit a crime, according to Salem police.
About 5 am Friday, police received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the middle of Charles Street, the Salem police log states.
While the officers were en route, they received a received a report indicating a resident had locked herself in an upstairs room on Charles Street because she heard two unknown men downstairs in her kitchen, the log states.
Upon arrival, police discovered two brothers — John and Philip Larkin — walking in the driveway at the residence, the log states.
Police asked the men what they were doing and one of them said they went in the house to use the phone.
He told police that this was the second time he had entered the house to use the phone. He had used it earlier after he was robbed at gunpoint, the log states.
The man told police that he and his cousin had been to a house party somewhere near Salem State the night prior.
He said that when they were leaving the party he was robbed at gunpoint by three men, the log states.
After the robbery, he entered the rear door of the Charles Street residence and used the home phone to call his brother to pick him up, since his phone was stolen, he told police.
He said his brother had arrived and picked him up but they ran out of gas on Charles Street, so he reentered the same house with his brother to use the home phone to call their father, the log states.
The log also states that the brother had a cell phone on him but they went into the house to use the residential phone instead of the cell phone.
That was when the homeowner heard the voices and called the department, the log states.
Both men were arrested.