FAIRFIELD — Two men are charged with more than 20 car break-ins in the beach area overnight Monday and early Tuesday.

Carlos Ortiz, 26, and Tymel Thompson, 22, both of Bridgeport, were taken into custody around 6 a.m. when a witness called to report seeing two men sitting in a neighbor’s car on Penfield Road. When officers arrived, one of the two men, later identified as Ortiz, tried to run away, but was quickly apprehended.

According to police Lt. Jeff Bloch, both were carrying a large amount of stolen property, and nearly $200 in loose change, that they believe was taken from cars parked on Riverside, Judson, Beach, Lalley, Paulding, Penfield, Eunice, Quincy and Puritan.

He said after the two were taken into custody, officers drove through neighborhood, looking for open vehicles. Bloch said the two were apparently targeting unlocked cars, and reports were coming in Tuesday morning from residents who discovered items had been stolen from their vehicles.

“There’s reason to believe that they may be involved in some of the other recent car break-ins,” Bloch said.

Ortiz, of Lewis Street, Bridgeport, and Thompson, of Hanover Street, Bridgeport, were both charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, fourth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, and criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny. Ortiz was also charged with interfering with a police officer.

Both were held on bonds of $25,000 each and are scheduled to appear June 6 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.