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Elmont woman confronts burglar inside her home, police say

Devon J. Pruden, 22, of Elmont, was arrested

Devon J. Pruden, 22, of Elmont, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, on burglary charges after he was caught rifling through an Elmont homeowner's belongings when she returned to her Morgan Avenue home, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

An Elmont woman found a burglar rifling through her belongings when she returned home Wednesday morning, Nassau police said.

Devon J. Pruden, 22, of Elmont, had proceeds from the theft and a large knife in his possession when he was stopped on the street by officers responding to the break-in, police said.

The 40-year-old woman called 911 from a neighbor’s house after confronting the intruder in her Morgan Avenue home at 8:39 a.m. Jewelry and collectible coins she kept in a locked box were strewn about her first-floor bedroom, police said.

No injuries were reported.

Pruden was charged with second-degree burglary and possession of burglar’s tools. He is scheduled to be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday.

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