Victor Aguirre holds burglary suspects at 'gunpoint' without gun until officers arrive, Reading police say

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Published: Apr 29 2013 12:11:30 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 29 2013 06:30:42 PM EDT

A Reading man took matters into his own hands when he stumbled upon an apparent burglary in progress, police said.

Victor Aguirre entered his home in the first block of North 10 Street shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday, noticed the front door was unlocked and heard someone walking about on the second floor, police said.

Aguirre went upstairs to investigate and observed one man sitting on a box spring on the floor and another on his bed, police said.

Aguirre, who wasn't armed, told the men he had a gun so they wouldn't run off before police arrived, according to court documents.

Responding officers took both suspects, identified as Luis Mercado-Rosa, 33, and Leroy Shirey, 56, into custody. They were charged with burglary and criminal trespass.

Aguirre told police he recently moved out of the home because someone broke in two weeks ago and cut the copper piping from the walls and stole the electrical meter, according to court documents.