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April 17, 2012

City man thwarts break-in attempt

NEW CASTLE — A North Hill man attempted to hold onto a man who had tried breaking into his house, but he escaped.

New Castle police said they may have a suspect in Wednesday’s attempted break-in.

The resident of the 100 block of East Edison Avenue told police he had heard knocking at his front door around 3 p.m. and saw a man on the front porch holding papers as if he worked for a utility company.

The resident said he didn’t answer and the man went to the side door. He said he heard the man open the outer door, but the interior door was locked. He said the man knocked on the inner door and was shouting, asking if anyone was home.

The resident did not answer, and the man then began hitting the door. The resident said it sounded as though he was pushing against it with his body, trying to break through.

The resident said he opened the door and saw the man exiting. The resident followed him to a car parked in front of the house. When the man got into the car, the resident grabbed him by the shirt and tried to pull him out, but the man drove away in a blue older-model Ford Taurus.

Police recognized the description and said they would have the resident pick him out of a photo lineup. They said charges are pending.

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