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Burglary Suspect Gives Chase, But Middletown Police Make The Arrest

A sharp-eyed citizen called in what appeared to be a break-in, in progress, and police responded quickly.

Around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Middletown Police received a 911 call from a citizen who reported seeing a man attempting to break into a house on Baldwin Avenue in North Middletown.

Ptl. Richard Raike and Cpl. Thomas Meckier got to the neighborhood off Route 36, caught sight of the suspect and chased after him on foot. They collared the alleged burglar, 31-year old Julio Ponce of Delawanna Avenue in Clifton, in a backyard on Joycee Court, with the assistance of Cpl. Bernie Chenoweth.

Police say Ponce had stolen items in his possession. 

Ponce was charged with with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and attempted theft. He is being held at the Monmouth County Jail on $50,000 bail with no 10% option, set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Middletown Police were also assisted by the Hazlet Township Police Department's Ptl. Kevin Geoghan, and his K-9 partner Diablo.

An arrest does not indicate a conviction. 

Edward Dooley Jr. December 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Great Work MTPD and glad to see no 10% option on this creep.
Sal December 19, 2012 at 07:57 PM
People without Jobs become desperate after a while. We should all be asking ourselves: What would we do to feed ourselves or our family if we could not find a job and our own unemployment benefits ran out??? One thing is certain___it is going to cost us taxpayers in Monmouth County $150 per day to keep him in the County jail and we will also pay for his Court appointed lawyer, trial and confinement after trial. The costs for police timne, trial, jail and court costs are going to be over 1,000 times greater to us taxpayers__than the value of the items he stole. So in reality we ALL lose and we gained nothing by capturing him.. Add up the costs: 1 year in county jail awaiting rial at $150.00 per day Court appointed lawyer $8,000, jury trial $10,000__2 more years jail time after trial at $150 per day.When we get done his arrest is likely to cost us taxpayers of Monmouth County over $150,000 No I do not have a better solution___but the current solution will bankrupt us all.
NJarhead December 19, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Sal, I'm pretty sure you don't go on "trial" for burglary and theft. Plus, many of those cost you outlined (the ones that will actually apply), would have applied anyway as we employ a FT police force, a court, jail and clerks.
J Bas December 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Hey Sal may be the cops should have just beat him and dumped him on the edge of town and saved everyone the time and expense wile instilling a lesson not to mess with the MTPD.
John Borne December 20, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I SAW THE SEARCH FOR THIS LOWLIFE. GOOD JOB MTPD
rch December 21, 2012 at 09:05 AM
Sal, What would you suggest instead of arresting, charging and bail? Ignore the crime? This guy violated the law and the sanctity of a person's home. I have seen comments on Patch implying the police are too lax, they do a great job and you criticize?
Mother of Harmony December 22, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Kudos MTPD!! That success rate will keep criminals away.
christine December 22, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Nice job MTPD AND the neighbor that saw this and reported the crime so quickly!! We all have to look out for one another in these times..I would do the same for my neighbors.
a.l.s December 27, 2012 at 06:40 AM
In 2006 I robbed many homes...to buy drugs..I now live in a lively home with my husband a police officer and young child...I went to rehab..maybe the 150gs will save this soul....jail may be the first step to salvation ...the home to rob for in Middletown and have but if anyone does reading that was robbed by Maine I am very truly sorry but my life is much better for a little bit did I did get away with not to mention that everyone got restitution .

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