The incident resulted in the arrest of two Brockton men known to police, who police say are now being eyed as potentially connected to other recent break-ins that have occurred in the city.

365体育官网BROCKTON — Police say a pit stop at a city liquor store eventually led to the arrest of two men who they say broke into an auto body shop and stole a car earlier that night.

The incident resulted in the arrest of two Brockton men known to police, who police say are now being eyed as potentially connected to other recent break-ins that have occurred in the city.

365体育官网An officer was on patrol at about 9:40 p.m. Thursday when she was flagged down by a man who reported there was a stolen vehicle behind the Defto's Liquors, at 1032 Main St.

365体育官网"The officer observed the Honda Accord turn left on Main," said police spokesman Darren Duarte.

The officer attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, but police say the driver took off.

"The pursuit continued until the driver stopped in front of 69 West Chestnut St.," Duarte said.

Police say the male passenger in the car got out and ran.

The driver gave police a false name at the scene, Duarte said, but was later identified as 31-year-old Antonio Mendes.

365体育官网The passenger, later identified by police as 27-year-old Michel Depina-Ledo, was arrested behind 68 Tremont St., Duarte said.

365体育官网"Investigators believe these suspects are responsible for breaking into Jose Auto Repair, located at 955 Montello St.," he said.

365体育官网The exact time the break-in occurred at the business wasn't clear.

365体育官网The owner of the auto body shop reported that the men stole various tools, an undisclosed amount of cash and a brown Honda Accord from the business, Duarte said.

"Detectives are investigating a possible connection between these suspects and other past nighttime break-ins throughout the city," he said.

365体育官网Depina-Ledo, of 9 Custer St., Apt. 1, and Mendes, of 42 Taylor Ave., Apt. 1, were both charged with breaking and entering a building during the night with intent to commit a felony, larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny from a building. Depina-Ledo was additionally charged with disorderly conduct, while Mendes also faces charges of failure to stop for police, possession of an open container of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and attaching plates to a motor vehicle.

365体育官网They were both scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Brockton District Court. The result wasn't immediately available.

365体育官网Senior reporter Cody Shepard can be reached by email at cshepard@dressupplace.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @cshepard_ENT.