One way to stop a burglar, as one Longview resident discovered Sunday, is to catch him yourself.

According to Sgt. Chris Blanchard of the Longview Police Department, shortly before 12:30 p.m., Charles Franklin Bolton Jr., 28, of Longview reportedly broke into his neighbor’s home in the 200 block of Colorado Street and tried to steal a laptop.

The victim, awakened by the break-in, confronted the would-be robber, police said. Bolton tried to run but couldn’t escape, and the two men got into a fight, Blanchard said. Eventually, the victim subdued Bolton and dialed police with Bolton’s cellphone. Officers arrived and arrested Bolton without incident, Blanchard said.

Bolton admitted he had been in the victim’s residence earlier and took a camera and cases valued at $150, which were recovered from Bolton’s house, Blanchard said.

Bolton was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of two counts of burglary, one of them first-degree, and first-degree robbery.

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.

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