A Long Valley man attempted to flee after he was caught burglarizing a Mt. Olive home Tuesday afternoon, police said.
A 41-year-old woman came home to her Sand Shore Road residence just after 3 p.m. Tuesday and saw Zachary Temple, 23, inside her home, Officer Michael Russell said.
When the homeowner confronted Temple, he took off running out the back sliding door and into a wooded area behind the house, Russell said. Police began searching for Temple after the victim gave a detailed description of the intruder, Russell said.
A man matching the description was found in the area of Stonewald Court a short time later, and when approached by police, took off running toward Forest Road, Russell said.
Officers caught up to the man, later identified as Temple, and arrested him. Miscellaneous jewelry was found on Temple at the time of the arrest, Russell said.
After an interview at Mt. Olive Police headquarters, Temple was charged with burglary, theft of moveable property, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, possession of prescription legend drugs, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Alprazolam), possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstruction.
Temple was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail with a 10-percent option.
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