PPB: Pair steals car, breaks water pipe, gets caught

This happened during a home burglary

Thomas Phelps (left) and Derrick Dryden (right) were caught burglarizing a NE Portland home on Nov. 29, 2017 (Courtesy: MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two men were caught burglarizing a home Wednesday morning after the owner heard unfamiliar voices inside the house and saw an unfamiliar car — which was later determined to be stolen — parked outside, Portland Police said.

Thomas Lynn Phelps, 43, and Derrick William Dryden, 42, were booked into Multnomah County Jail on multiple charges.

Phelps, who police said was violating parole on a previous burglary conviction, was charged with burglary in the second degree, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and third-degree criminal mischief. He was also lodged for a previous warrant for providing false information to an officer.

Dryden was booked on first-and-second-degree burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Police said they responded to the 8900 block of Northeast Thompson Street at 7:39 a.m. on Wednesday. Police told the homeowner to meet them outside and away from the possible burglars inside. Officers established a perimeter around the house while they said they heard movement coming from the basement. One suspect left the residence and was taken into custody. The other left the house but then quickly returned, hoping to make a getaway out the back of the house. Police said he broke a water pipe during his attempt and flooded the basement.

The car, which police later discovered was stolen, was parked before Phelps and Dryden entered the house, police said.