Two men face burglary charges after a Boystown resident allegedly saw them trying to break into an apartment building.
A woman called 911 around 5 p.m. Sunday because she saw a man standing near her car while another man tried to pry open the front door of the apartment complex on the 600 block of West Buckingham, prosecutors said.
Calvin Lomax, 70, repeatedly tried to force the door open while 64-year-old Michael Kidd maintained lookout, according to prosecutors. Lomax was unable to get into the building, so he and Kidd walked away — but not before the witness took pictures of them with her phone, prosecutors said.
Cops located the men about a block away. Lomax had a pry bar in one pocket, another pry bar in his groin, and two stolen packages in a bag he was carrying, according to a CPD report. Kidd had a 3-foot bolt cutter in a bag, too, prosecutors said. Police allegedly found pry marks on the apartment building’s door frame.
According to state records, Lomax has been sentenced to a combined 70 years in prison since 1982 for various felonies, including robberies and multiple burglaries. In fact, he is currently on parole for burglary, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors charged both men with attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools. Lomax is also charged with theft.
Judge David Navarro gave both men recognizance bonds in the case. But Lomax will be held without bail while the state considers revoking his parole. He’ll have to go onto electronic monitoring if he becomes eligible for release, Navarro said.