WOODBURY HEIGHTS — A 25-year-old Sewell man was arrested in the act of burglarizing a house in the 600 block of Clement Avenue at 11:23 a.m. Tuesday.
Police said the resident’s daughter had gone to the house to get a toy for her son when she found the garage door, that is never opened, open.
Ptl. Richard Gambale initially confronted Ryan Zemek allegedly trying to exit through a rear bedroom window, police said. Zemek allegedly refused to obey commands and retreated into the house, said police.
Units from Wenonah, Mantua, Deptford, an off-duty Glassboro sergeant and a Cherry Hill K-9 officer who are neighbors surrounded the house, police said.
Chief George Lindsay, Gambale and several Deptford police officers entered the house and, after an extensive search, found Zemek in the rear of a first floor closet, said police.
Zemek allegedly refused to come out, but was brought out after a short struggle with Lindsay, Gambale and Deptford police Capt. William Bittner, police said.
Zemek was charged with burglary, theft, resisting arrest, possession of CDS, criminal mischief and trespassing and was lodged in the Salem County Jail in default of $10,000 full-cash bail, after being medically cleared at Inspira Medical Center for injuries he received during the struggle, said police.
All stolen items were recovered.