Des Moines police arrested two men Wednesday who may be responsible for a string of carefully planned burglaries in the Forestdale neighborhood.
Brothers Christopher and Tracy Rejba are each charged with attempted burglary.
Police say they broke into a home Wednesday only to find the homeowner still inside, armed with a knife.
She called police and the men were arrested a few blocks away.
Police say they could be the men responsible for at least two other burglaries in the neighborhood.
In one case, burglars stole thousands of dollars in electronics and jewelry, loading them into the homeowner’s van and hauled them away.
In another case they stole the kitchen range, a refrigerator and a holiday turkey.
One of the men claims he works for a moving company on his Facebook page. That would give him access to a large truck needed to move appliances.