Edgewater Homeowner Takes Home Burglary Suspect Into Custody, Then Waits for Police

An Edgewater home was burglarized in broad daylight on Saturday, while the homeowners were inside. Anne Arundel County Police said that they took Matthew Thomas Chrismer, 29, of no fixed address, into custody after he allegedly stole food and alcohol from a refrigerator in the garage of the home.

Matthew Thomas Chrismer

Matthew Thomas Chrismer

According to a media release from police department spokesman Lt. T.J. Smith, the incident happened around 2 p.m. on Aug. 31 in the 1400 block of Shesley Place in Edgewater. This is on the Mayo peninsula, just off Central Avenue (see map at bottom of story).

Police said that at the time of the burglary, the homeowner was in his living room watching TV when he saw a suspicious person in his driveway. The homeowner then walked outside to find the man, but, police said, didn’t see him.

The homeowner then went into his garage where he found the suspect who appeared to be holding something at his waist. The report said that the homeowner then “threw him on the ground because he thought that the suspect was holding a weapon.”

Then, the homeowner’s wife called 911.

While the wife was on the phone with police, the homeowner’s 8-year-old son ran to get the neighbor to help hold down the suspect.

When police arrived, the homeowner was still holding down the suspect. He was taken into custody and charged with first and third degree burglary.

The burglary took place in the 1400 block of Shesley Place in Edgewater.

The burglary took place in the 1400 block of Shesley Place in Edgewater.

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