HOPATCONG, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two men were charged in a string of home burglaries in northern New Jersey this week, after a police officer caught them watching as investigators worked at one of the houses.

Joseph August, 29, of Denville, and Christopher Rooney, 32, of Hopatcong, broke into at least five Hopatcong homes this past week and stole several items, authorities told the Daily Record of Parsippany.

After noticing that August and Rooney were observing them, authorities learned August was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Further investigation led them to search Rooney’s home, where they found some items stolen in the burglaries.

Rooney and August were both charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief and were each being held on $50,000 bail.

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