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Chased from Home Burglar Nabbed

(La Porte, IN) - La Porte City Police arrested a suspected burglar allegedly caught with a can of Dr. Pepper and other stolen items from the home. Phillip Jozwiak, 29, of La Porte, is charged in La Porte Circuit Court with level 4 felony burglary.


According to court documents, Jozwiak was inside the home four days ago in the 1000 block of E. Jefferson Avenue when a woman climbing out of bed to let her dog outside spotted the intruder inside her residence.


In response, her husband grabbed the burglar, who managed to wrestle out of his grip and flee in his bare feet.


Court documents revealed a man matching the burglar's description was soon located a relatively close distance away. On his possession were tools belonging to the victims and a can of Dr. Pepper he grabbed before leaving the residence.


According to police, Jozwiak said he was called a thief by the homeowner during his encounter with the man, but he had trouble recollecting other details. Jozwiak claimed his memory was clouded by the methamphetamine he was on, police said.

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