Homeowner restrains suspected car burglar until police arrive

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Newton homeowner restrained a suspected car burglar until police arrived on Wednesday morning.

At 1:19 a.m., town police received a 9-1-1 phone call from a resident of Hillside Terrace who reported that a family member had just observed an unknown male attempting to burglarize a vehicle and the suspect was presently being restrained, police said.

When police arrived, the officers encountered the complainant’s father restraining a male suspect who was later identified to be Jason Corey, 35, of Newton, NJ, police said.

A subsequent police investigation, determined that another vehicle within the immediate neighborhood had been burglarized and a large amount of coins, assorted dollar bills, a pair of sunglasses, a wallet, a cellphone and a MP3 player were stolen from the interior of the unlocked vehicle, police said.

Corey was charged with burglary and theft of movable property. He was lodged in the Sussex County Jail pending a court appearance.

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By: Jay Edwards
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