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Police: Pittsville Homeowners Catch Burglary Suspect in the Act

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Nicholas J. Scheidegger Nicholas J. Scheidegger

SALISBURY, Md.- Authorities say an alleged burglar is behind bars after property owners caught him breaking into two Pittsville homes.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said that on early Saturday afternoon, a deputy  responded to a reported burglary at a home on the 35500 block of Railroad Avenue and the 7500 block of Richardson Road in Pittsville. According to police, witnesses saw a man crawling through a window to enter a home.

Authorities said that upon arrival to Railroad Avenue, the deputy met with the owners of two adjacent homes. The homeowners told the deputy that they caught the man "red-handed" as he was pedaling away from the homes on his bicycle and detained him.

Police said 30-year-old Nicholas J. Scheidegger, of Willards, was in possession of items from both homes of the two property owners who stopped him. He also admitted his crime to the deputy when questioned, according to police.

Police said the deputy's investigation revealed that Scheidegger pried the rear door open of the home on Railroad Avenue and he cut out a window screen to enter the adjacent home on Richardson Road.

Scheidegger was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property and theft. He is being held in the Wicomico County Detention Center in lieu of $50,0000 bond.

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