EDISON – A New Brunswick man was arrested hours after he allegedly broke into a township home.
Police say Lenia Rodriguez-Bardales, 27, was in possession of gold jewelry taken from the home when he was charged with burglary and theft of property in connection with an incident on Oct. 10, according to a report from Edison Police.
The homeowner told police she found the man in the house after she returned home from work at 2:15 p.m.
The man told the homeowner he thought he had entered a friend’s home, but apparently got the wrong address. He hurried outside and peddled off toward Highland Park on a mountain bike that the homeowner told police she found in her driveway., according to police.
After the man left, the homeowner realized her bedroom had been ransacked, police said.
While Officer Nicole Errico took the victim’s statement and gathered evidence from the scene, including security video from nearby homes, Officer Lisa Cimmino searched the area and, based on the homeowner’s description, stopped Rodriguez-Bardales near the Stop & Shop supermarket on Raritan Avenue in Highland Park.
Police said Rodriguez-Bardales was in possession of jewelry allegedly taken from the home when he was taken into custody.
Police officers found and arrested a burglary suspect within hours after a Celler Road homeowner reported finding a stranger inside her house when she returned from work.