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Richard Flemming

Burglar interrrupted

Homeowner apprehends burglar


4:17 p.m., May 7, 2012--The Newark Police Department has arrested Richard Flemming, 24, of York Haven, Pa., after he was apprehended during a residential burglary by the homeowner.

Around 3:30 a.m., May 6, Newark Police officers responded to a home in the 100 block of Woodlawn Avenue in Newark, where the victim was detaining Flemming. According to police, the homeowner awoke to his dogs barking and, upon investigating, discovered Flemming inside his home. Flemming, who had forced his way in through a window, fled upon being discovered. The victim chased Flemming and took possession of his car keys until the police could arrive. Flemming, who was unknown to the victim, was taken into police custody. 

Flemming was charged with second degree burglary, attempted theft and criminal mischief, released on $5,600 unsecured bail and ordered to have no contact with the victim. Shortly after release, an associate of Flemming's made contact with the victim at his residence, advising him that Flemming wanted to apologize. After the associate was asked to leave, Flemming was observed in the area picking the person up. This was a violation of his original release and an additional warrant is now on file for Flemming for breach of release. 

Anyone with additional information should contact Detective Michael Watson at 302-366-7110, ext. 133 or at Anonymous tips can be texted to 302NPD, with the message to TIP411. Information also can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or, where a reward may be available. 

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