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HARVARD — The break-in on School House Road on Thanksgiving day may have been an afterthought, conceived on the spur of the moment after two brothers scouting for household jobs in their neighborhood found one home empty and learned that the owners were away.

The two boys, who live on the same road, were out and about Thursday afternoon, Nov. 27, knocking on doors and asking for odd jobs. One resident told them he didn’t have any work for them and that nobody was at home in the house next door, either.

When the man saw the boys go back to the other house and enter the garage, he called police, Officer Gregory Newman said. The boys apparently entered the house, too, Newman said.

When police arrived they spotted the brothers running through a nearby field, but they didn’t give chase. The boys had given their names to the neighbor who phoned the police and they live in the neighborhood, Officer Newman said.

The boys’ father brought one of his sons to the police station later, while the other suspect had returned to a hospital where he’s been receiving rehabilitation, Newman said.

Police have filed breaking and entering charges, but nothing was apparently stolen from the home. — M.E. Jones