2 college students chase, catch burglary suspect

NEWARK, Del. - September 20, 2010 One man awoke to find a stranger in his bedroom. When he confronted the suspect the burglar claimed he was in the wrong house and left.

The man then saw that cash from his wallet was on a chair where the suspect had been standing. Realizing the suspect had attempted to steal his money, the victim woke his roommate, and the two went looking for the intruder.

They saw the suspect a short distance down the street and gave chase when he ran off. The two roommates caught and detained the suspect on the James Hall Trail, south of Kells Ave. Police arrived and took the suspect into custody on the trail.

An examination of the crime scene showed that the suspect had cut a window screen, then entered the house through the unlocked window.

The suspect is identified as 23-year-old John D. Morton. He's charged with burglary in the 2nd degree, attempted theft, and criminal mischief.

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