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Wayne Boy, 11, Finds Burglar In Home, Police Find Suspect With Public Help

Have you seen him?
Have you seen him? Photo Credit: COURTESY: Wayne PD

UPDATE: It didn't take long for Wayne detectives to arrest a man who they said was burglarizing a local residence when an 11-year-old boy who lives there came home.

Thomas J. Coughlin, 23, of Pompton Lakes, was chargd with burglary and theft, Capt. Laurence Martin said Tuesday afternoon.

The night before, Martin asked the public for help identifying the intruder, releasing an image from a home surveillance that caught him in the act.

Bail was set at $50,000 after Wayne detectives arrested Coughlin at his home Turesday morning, Martin said.

All of the items taken were recovered, he said.

Working the case were Wayne Detectives Dave Collins, Dennis Ferray and James Faber and Detective Sgts. Robert Simpson and Jay Celentano, who Martin said "worked diligently to bring this suspect into custody."

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WAYNE, N.J. -- An 11-year-old Wayne boy returned home Monday afternoon to find a burglar whose image was caught on surveillance video, police said.

The boy ran next door to a Pines Lake neighbor after finding him in a first-floor room around 3:20 p.m. Capt. Laurence Martin said Monday night. The neighbor called police, he said.

The photo above is from surveillance video that shows the burglar "walking through the house and fleeing through the rear patio sliding glass door in an unknown direction," Martin said, adding that the intruder was alone and never touched the boy.

He was described as about six feet tall, with a medium build, mustache and goatee.

Anyone who saw anything in the area Monday afternoon or has information that can help the investigation is asked to call the Wayne Police Detective bureau @ 973-633-3530 or Detective Dave Collins @ 973-633-3533 .

"The identities of callers and any information provided will be confidential," Martin said.

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