NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department responded to a call from a resident of Hillside Terrace on Tuesday, around 1:19 a.m.

The caller said a family member had seen a man trying to break into a car and was holding him until police arrived, according to police.

When they arrived Sgt. Scott King, Police Officers Jose Morales and Shawn Burke found the caller’s father restraining the would be thief, Jason Corey, according to police. Corey is a 35-year-old Newton resident. 

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The officers investigated further, searching the neighborhood and found another car had also been broken into.  It appeared Corey had taken money, a pair of sunglasses, a wallet, a cell phone and an MP3 player, according to police. 

Corey was taken into custody and brought to the Sussex County Jail after being charged with theft of moveable property and burglary.