Sault Ste. Marie police cruiser. (CTV Northern Ontario)

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service have charged two 37-year-old men in connection with a home invasion Oct. 4 and a theft from a local business.

The incident began Oct. 4 at 11 p.m., when three men entered a residence on the 0-100 block of Wellington Street.

"Once inside the residence, the three men began assaulting two victims, striking them repeatedly," police said in a news release Tuesday. "It is believed the two accused, the third man and the victims are known to each other."

The suspects are accused of stealing $700, a watch, rings, bracelet, three phones and a purse from the victims, who were able to escape and contact police. The men were gone before police arrived.

Overnight on Oct. 5, however, two of the suspects entered a Queen Street East store and are accused of stealing sporting equipment, blankets and power cords.

The first man was arrested at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 5 and was found to be in possession of heroin. He is charged with two counts of robbery, three counts of break and enter, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and four counts of breach of probation. He was held for bail court.

At 10:40 a.m. the same day, the second suspect was arrested.

"A subsequent search found him to be in possession of rounds of ammunition, sporting equipment and approximately .89 grams of a substance believed to be fentanyl," police said.

He is charged with two counts of robbery, three counts of break and enter, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of breach of recognizance and five counts of breach of probation. He was held for bail court.