NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A South Orange man caught rummaging through the contents of a vehicle parked on Pleasant View Avenue in New Providence late Thursday night was arrested.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Thursday night, New Providence officers responded to Pleasant View Avenue on a reported motor vehicle burglary in progress. The officers were advised that a resident had observed an unknown male rummaging through his vehicle. The resident confronted the male, who rode off on a bicycle.

Patrolman Michael Carlino observed an individual matching the description of the suspect and attempted to stop the suspect, who then dropped the bicycle and proceeded to run away. The suspect led Carlino on a foot pursuit along Springfield Avenue before being tracked down and taken into custody by Carlino along the New Jersey Transit Railroad tracks on Old Springfield Avenue.

The suspect was identified as Lonnie Jerome Askew, age 43, of South Orange. Askew was charged with burglary, theft, and resisting arrest by flight. Bail was set at $35,000. Askew is being held in the Union County Jail, where he will await his appearance in Union County Superior Court.