A burglar was caught in the act early Saturday, carrying a laptop in the victim's North Lawrence home, and was arrested a short time later in a nearby yard, police said.

A woman, 44, and her son, 13, arrived at their Pearl Street residence to find Ervin Rodriguez, 28, with the victim's laptop, Nassau County police said in a news release.

Rodriguez, of 3 Burnside Ave., Lawrence, struck the woman in the face with the laptop, dropped it and ran off, heading north on Lawrence Avenue, police said.

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Fourth Precinct officers who responded to the burglary call found Rodriguez in a yard not far from the home and arrested him on a charge of first-degree burglary. He was to arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.

The victim declined medical attention for her minor facial injury, police said.