Madison police said a homeowner may have scared off two burglars who tried to kick in a garage door to gain entry to his home.
A 36-year-old man was in bed at about 9:40 p.m. Friday when he heard loud bangs coming from the back of his house in the 2700 block of Whitlock Road on Madison's west side.
He went to investigate and saw two men walking away from his home. Their footprints led to his rear garage door.
Responding officers found a muddy smudge on the door, consistent with it being kicked, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.
In the past few months, the Madison Police Department's West District has experienced a rash of home burglaries where intruders have gained entry by kicking in garage doors, police said.
In this case, it appears the homeowner's presence may have scared them off, according to the incident report.
Police said officers quickly set up a perimeter and were able to locate two suspects walking near Lindfield Road and Muir Field Road.
Police said Roderick S. Williams Jr., 19, and Allen D. Coleman, 24, both of Madison, were arrested on charges of attempted burglary and trespassing.
Investigations into the rash of break-ins are ongoing, and it is not known if the two suspects are connected to the other break-ins, police said.