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Text messages help nab 2 break-in suspects

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(WMC-TV) - Text messaging helped police catch two break-in suspects Thursday afternoon in Cordova.

The call went out to police as a home invasion. Officers say the victim used quick thumbs and his cell phone to text everything officers needed to arrest two wanted men.

Action News 5's camera was the only one on the scene when a police chase ended with two men being led away in handcuffs.

"Average day is pretty quiet," said Christy Bolles, who works nearby. "This is pretty adventurous."

Christy Bolles and others who work nearby were drawn outside by the commotion.

"We wanted to know what was going on, if there was any kind of danger," she explained. "Saw a bunch of cars in the back, heard the dogs barking."

Both suspects were wanted in connection with a scene that unfolded on Sag Harbor Circle, a few blocks away.

Investigators say a man was home with a child when someone tried to enter the apartment.

MPD says his wife was not home at the time, but he texted her the necessary emergency information, including suspect descriptions, which she then relayed to 911 dispatchers.

Police found the two men, who fit the suspect descriptions, hiding in a field nearby.

Robert and Thomas Gilmore were both officially charged Thursday afternoon with aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated robbery.

Investigators say officers saw both suspects running away as police pulled up on the scene.

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