MONTVALE, N.J. -- Montvale police arrested a burglar -- as well as two relatives who they said tried to prevent it -- moments after a resident came home to find him stuffing some of her belongings into a bag in the kitchen Monday morning.
The woman "fled fled the house to her car -- followed by the burglar, who also ran out of the house carrying and dropping the stolen items" shortly before 10:30 a.m., Police Chief Jeremy Abrams said Monday.
He then crossed the street and vanished behind a row of houses, the chief said.
Police from Upper Saddle River, Saddle River, Woodcliff Lake and Park Ridge assisted in setting up a perimeter.
It paid off when officers found Michael Marotta, 32, of Wood-Ridge, hiding in a house under construction on Smokerise Court, Abrams said.
Marotta was charged with burglary.
Charged with hindering were Joseph C. Marotta, 57, also of Wood-Ridge, and Joseph T. Marotta, 34, of Wallington, the chief said. Joseph Marotta also was charged with disorderly conduct, he said.