HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Police arrested a burglary suspect after a short car chase, and found the victim's personal belongings, including a dog, in the back seat of the man's car.

Nico Rogers, 31, of 8th Avenue, Irwin, Pa. was arrested Jan. 4 and is charged with 2nd degree Eluding, 2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and 3rd degree Burglary, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Hillsborough Township Chief of Police Michael McMahon.

Robertson provided the following account:

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Hillsborough Police received a 911 call at 11:20 a.m. Jan 4 concerning a suspicious vehicle at a home on Wertsville Road; the caller said a man, later identified as Rogers, entered the residence without permission before returning to his vehicle.

Police responded and signaled Rogers to stop his car; Rogers fled on Wertsville Road, driving in the wrong direction on the opposite lane of travel headed towards a police vehicle, jeopardizing the safety of the officers involved.

Once he was stopped, Rogers exited his vehicle with a handgun in his left hand. Police order Rogers to drop the gun; he was immediately taken into custody without further incident or injury to everyone involved.

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Burglary Task Force and Hillsborough Township Police responded to conduct the investigation and determined that Rogers is known to the homeowner.

Rogers was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation and will be lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing once the evaluation is completed.

Robertson requests anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323 or via the STOPit app.

The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

The charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.