Police Arrest Apologetic Burglary Suspect

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RAHWAY – Police arrested a burglary suspect last week who apparently returned to the scene of the crime to apologize.

On June 29, a resident of Eglof Drive returned home at approximately 4:15 p.m. to discover a man leaving his rear yard with his backpack. The victim chased the suspect, but the suspect threw the backpack at him and got away, police said.

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The backpack contained three laptop computers and an Xbox video game system which had been taken from the victim’s home, authorities said.
Last Wednesday, July 15, the alleged burglar returned to the victim’s home at around 11:30 a.m. and rang the doorbell. When the victim answered the door, the burglary suspect appeared startled and apologized for committing the prior burglary, the victim told police. The suspect then ran off, authorities said.

The victim called police, who apprehended and arrested Elizabeth resident Craig Fletcher, 35. Police charged Fletcher with the Eglof Drive burglary and another burglary that took place on July 14 at a West Inman Avenue home, authorities said.

Fletcher was transported to Union County Jail, where he was being held on $60,000 bail, police said.


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