An accused burglar is behind bars after a homeowner allegedly caught him in the act.
The confrontation happened on Wednesday morning in Brown Township, just outside of the Delaware city limits.
Resident David Conte said that he was differing from his normal routine, returning home at about 10 a.m. to eat breakfast. He said that he found a total stranger walking out his back door.
“Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., there’s not usually a bike sitting in front of my house,” Conte said. “It was very unusual. It was an alert – something’s not right here.”
Conte said that his suspicions were confirmed as soon as he got out of his truck.
He said that he heard his sliding glass door open and then saw a man walking out of his house.
“You’re wondering, ‘What in the world?’” Conte said. “You know, it’s a real intrusion. I knew he had come out of my house. It’s a horrible feeling.”
Conte said that he confronted the man, later identified as 35-year-old Bobby Falke.
“I confronted him with, ‘What are you doing here?’” Conte said. “He seemed to have some casual answer like this is something he does every day.”
The homeowner said that he then called 911, and the alleged burglar jumped onto his bicycle and pedaled away.
Conte followed in his truck and led deputies to Falke, who was hiding in the woods a few miles away.
Conte said that the man had a pocket full of coins and some of his wife’s jewelry on him.
“It’s nothing about any of the things,” Conte said. “It’s about the invasion of privacy and safety. I can’t help but think about if my wife and 4-year-old would have been coming home. We don’t know what could have happened.”
Falke is charged with burglary and was being held at the Delaware County Jail.
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