Jamie Tovias-Umana of New Jersey indicted in botched Suffern burglary try

Jamie Tovias-Umana of Ramsey, N.J., was charged with Jamie Tovias-Umana of Ramsey, N.J., was charged with second-degree burglary and criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies, police said. Photo Credit: News12

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A New Jersey man whose March burglary attempt at a Suffern home was foiled when the homeowner confronted him and tackled him has been indicted on three felony charges in connection with the crime, officials said Friday.

Jamie Tovias-Umana, 19, of 14 Island Rd. in Ramsey, N.J., was indicted April 10 by a Rockland County grand jury on charges of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe announced the indictments Friday.

The homeowner, Peter Cronk, 37, awoke about 4:34 a.m. when he heard a door open, went downstairs and saw Tovias-Umana 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 in March. "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 Tovias-Umana's pockets and found his wallet, his wife's iPod and other personal items, police said.

Cronk told News12 in March he believes Tovias-Umana got into the house after his mother left the front door open.

Tovias-Umana remains in the Rockland County Jail awaiting trial. No information on his next court date or legal representation was immediately available Friday.

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