JERSEY SHORE - A burglar who broke into a couple's Limestone Township home on Route 44 was caught in the act Monday afternoon and held at gunpoint by the homeowners' son until state troopers arrived on the scene and took the intruder into custody.
Donald Duane Dangle Jr., a 52-year-old homeless man, was apprehended as he was coming down a set of stairs from the second floor of Judy Belle Lyon's home at 3968 Route 44 about 1:10 p.m., Trooper Gary Beadle said.
Lyon's son, Andrew C. Lyon, is credited with thwarting the break-in when he apprehended Dangle inside the rural property. Judy Lyon was not home at the time. The identity of her husband was not in court papers.
Lyon was exiting a guest house on the property, getting ready to go jogging when he noticed a Jeep Liberty parked in his parents' driveway.
When he went to investigate further, Lyon noticed that the front door "was ajar and saw Dangle standing in his parents' kitchen. He immediately returned to the guest house and got his gun," Beadle said in an affidavit.
Lyon did not know the man, Beadle added.
As he entered the house, Lyon confronted the burglar coming down a stairway. Lyon "ordered the man to the ground," pointing the weapon at him, Beadle said, adding that Dangle complied at once.
Upon arriving on the scene, troopers secured Dangle with handcuffs and placed him in the back of a cruiser.
When Lyon entered his parents' home, he discovered in the living room "two plastic bags that contained 22 pounds of venison, a pair of binoculars" as well as other food items, Beadle said.
Police allege Dangle was caught allegedly taking these articles as well as jewelry discovered in a second bag on the stairwell.
Out of work for six weeks and living in his Jeep, Dangle admitted to police that "his only intention was to steal food and not any other items," Beadle said in the affidavit.
"Dangle related that he knew he messed up and was sorry," Beadle said.
Dangle, whose last known address was Drake Lane, Pine Creek Township, Clinton County, was arraigned before District Judge James Carn on charges of burglary, felony trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.