UNION, NJ – A police officer apprehended a suspect burglarizing a Union home as the homeowner watched remotely via his home security system.

According to police, they received a call on Wednesday at about 1:30 p.m.  The caller, a homeowner from Union, was calling from New York, but observed someone breaking into his home via security cameras.  The home is located on Roseland Place.

The homeowner was watching events unfold in real time on their in-home security system as officers were dispatched to the home.  The homeowner provided a description of the intruder and continued to watch him on the security system.  A police officer arrived at the home within 34 seconds of being dispatched, police say.

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Police Officer Thyago Morais, just hired to the Union Police Department in January, made his way to the rear of the home where he encountered the suspect, James Reed, of Orange, exiting the side door of the garage.  Morais, who was alone at the time, arrested Reed without incident. 

Reed has been charged with burglary, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.