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Burglary Suspect Gives Chase, But Middletown Police Make The Arrest

A sharp-eyed citizen called in what appeared to be a break-in, in progress, and police responded quickly.

Around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Middletown Police received a 911 call from a citizen who reported seeing a man attempting to break into a house on Baldwin Avenue in North Middletown.

Ptl. Richard Raike and Cpl. Thomas Meckier got to the neighborhood off Route 36, caught sight of the suspect and chased after him on foot. They collared the alleged burglar, 31-year old Julio Ponce of Delawanna Avenue in Clifton, in a backyard on Joycee Court, with the assistance of Cpl. Bernie Chenoweth.

Police say Ponce had stolen items in his possession. 

Ponce was charged with with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and attempted theft. He is being held at the Monmouth County Jail on $50,000 bail with no 10% option, set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Middletown Police were also assisted by the Hazlet Township Police Department's Ptl. Kevin Geoghan, and his K-9 partner Diablo.

An arrest does not indicate a conviction. 

John Borne December 20, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I SAW THE SEARCH FOR THIS LOWLIFE. GOOD JOB MTPD
rch December 21, 2012 at 09:05 AM
Sal, What would you suggest instead of arresting, charging and bail? Ignore the crime? This guy violated the law and the sanctity of a person's home. I have seen comments on Patch implying the police are too lax, they do a great job and you criticize?
Mother of Harmony December 22, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Kudos MTPD!! That success rate will keep criminals away.
christine December 22, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Nice job MTPD AND the neighbor that saw this and reported the crime so quickly!! We all have to look out for one another in these times..I would do the same for my neighbors.
a.l.s December 27, 2012 at 06:40 AM
In 2006 I robbed many homes...to buy drugs..I now live in a lively home with my husband a police officer and young child...I went to rehab..maybe the 150gs will save this soul....jail may be the first step to salvation ...the home to rob for in Middletown and have but if anyone does reading that was robbed by Maine I am very truly sorry but my life is much better for a little bit did I did get away with not to mention that everyone got restitution .

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