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Caught In The Act: Police Apprehend Man In North East Home Burglary

John Darden of Seattle, Wash., was charged with felony burglary after breaking into a home in North East End.
John Darden of Seattle, Wash., was charged with felony burglary after breaking into a home in North East End. Photo Credit: New York State Police

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A man from Seattle, Wash., was nabbed for a home burglary in North East End Tuesday after a quick-thinking caretaker noticed lights on in the property, police said.

New York State troopers responded to a possible burglary in progress on Mill Road after receiving a 911 from the caretaker of the property who had noticed a light on inside the residence and a man inside, said Trooper Melissa McMorris, spokeswoman for the New York State Police.

When troopers arrived they made contact with the man inside, John Darden, 24, of Seattle, Wash., who eventually exited and was taken into custody, McMorris said.

During the investigation, troopers discovered Darden had traveled to the area from New York City and discovered the residence while walking on the rail trail. He had entered the property on Monday and remained until he was discovered on Tuesday, McMorris added.

Darden was charged with felony burglary and is being held at the Dutchess County Jail on $25,000 bail or $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 6.

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