A New Jersey man is in the Rockland County Jail Tuesday after he was tackled by a Suffern homeowner during a burglary early Monday, police said.
The homeowner, Peter Cronk, 37, of Suffern, awoke when he heard noises, went downstairs and encountered 19-year-old Jamie Tovias-Umana of Ramsey, N.J., on the first floor rummaging through his possessions, Suffern police said.
"I say, 'What are you -- some expletives -- what are you doing here? Who are you?'" Cronk recounted to News12. "He just looked at me and ran right past."
Cronk tackled Tovias-Umana, pinned him with his knee and had his wife call 911. Cronk said he went through the suspect's pockets and found his wallet, his wife's iPod and other personal items, police said.
Tovias-Umana was charged with second-degree burglary and criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies, a police spokesman said. The suspect was sent to Rockland County Jail on $20,000 bail after arraignment in Suffern Village Court Monday.
Tovias-Umana was scheduled to return to village court for a preliminary hearing Friday, police said. No information on his legal representation was available.
Cronk said he believes Tovias-Umana got into the house after his mother left the front door open.